What is a Covenant Group

The mission of covenant groups at BBUUC is to establish small, intimate discussion groups in which members not only share their views and experiences but also learn how others frame their lives in terms of important ideas and issues. Through intentional listening, respectful confidentiality, and faithful attendance, participants will discover ways to minister to each other and the church as a whole.

Covenant groups are a vital part of our Unitarian Universalist congregation. The groups are not for those who seek therapy or intellectual debate.

Through a year-long commitment or longer, guided by trained facilitators, groups of around 10 participants build deep connections with one another. They are great places to get to know others and to get to know yourself. Group members set their own ground rules and learn new ways of being together without making judgments or corrections. Groups are coordinated by trained facilitators, and each group covers the same topic each month.

In addition to connecting during monthly discussions, members are encouraged to participate in a service project with their group during the year.

Groups remain connected via Zoom when meeting in person is not possible. Staying connected is the soil that keeps the covenant process thriving.

How to Enroll:

Open enrollment for covenant groups occurs each year in November. Some groups meet year-round and others meet seasonally. Enrollment in a covenant group is also available throughout the year by contacting the chair of the Covenant Group Steering Committee (see contact info below).  Both daytime and evening groups are available. Enrollment is open to UU Members and friends and is free to join. If you are new to UUFVB or for any reason think that you would like to become a participant, the next section will help you discover ways of connecting to get you started.


If you are interested in becoming a facilitator of a member contact Jenn Jones at dlre@bbuuc.org