Covenant Groups

Members of these groups make a covenant regarding the way they will be with one another and a commitment to attend. Anyone who is in agreement with the group’s purpose and plan is welcome to join a group. One need not be a member of our congregation to participate.

Covenant Groups meet monthly for two hours and generally use the following structure: chalice lighting with a short reading from a UU source, about 45 minutes for members to check in, introduction of the topic and discussion, likes and wishes to guide in shaping the next meeting, and closing words. If one of the following groups interests you, please email Facilitator Claudia Sanders (covenantgroups@uumontclair.org) for more information. 

Covenant Groups have gone Virtual! Looking for a space to connect? Join one of our ongoing Covenant Groups or join our new drop-in Covenant Group, specifically designed so that we can connect in a spiritual way, throughout this crisis. We will be holding all meetings via Zoom. Please contact us for login information.

Soul Matters Covenant Groups:
Each will meet monthly and consider the theme of the month and to share personal reflections of our respective life journeys relative to each theme. 

  • Monday Soul Matters meets on the fourth Monday at 4:00 PM. Leader: Claudia Sanders
  • Wednesday Soul Matters meets the third Wednesday at 7:30 PM. Leaders: Shirley Matthews and Nicole Rinklin

Drop in Covenant Group – Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:00 PM
Looking for spiritual connection in this time of distancing? This group creates connection through a chalice lighting, check-in and discussion. No commitment is required – drop-in any week. Open to High School Youth and Adults.

Brand New to UUCM, or new in the past few years? Join a welcoming group of other newcomers for a New Member Covenant Group  This is one beautiful way to build community and make connections!
Meeting: First Thursday of the month, 6:00 to 7:15 PM
Leader: Rev. Anya Sammler-Michael
Co-Leaders: O’Neil Natto and Susan Wright

Our Positive Place covenant group welcomes family members of people with a mental illness. Our mission is empowerment, friendship and support. In a confidential setting, we strive to increase hope and optimism and reduce isolation by sharing experiences with others who are traveling a similar path. 
Meeting: First Sunday of the month, 12:30 PM 
Leader: Carol McGough

The Poetry Covenant Group was one of the original covenant groups that was started over 10 years ago. This group is open to those who enjoy reading poetry and sharing this love with others. After the reading of each poem there is an opportunity for a discussion of the offering. These discussions may be short or long depending on how the group is moved. Bring your favorite poem to share with us and be prepared for a good time with this group.
Meeting: Fourth Sunday of the month, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Leader: Ginny Crooks

Food Diplomacy is getting increasing attention at the UN and elsewhere, building bridges worldwide.  We will use food, as a gateway to learn about ourselves and another culture.   Monthly, we will choose a world region and prepare a meal from that cuisine. We will invite a knowledgeable guest to add insight into their gastronomic history.   Everyone will prepare some part of the meal to bring with us that evening.  Group Clean up is mandatory!  All will be in the spirit of fun, fellowship, learning, and taste. 
Meeting: Second Sunday of the month, 6:00 PM
Leader: Nelia Sellers

Art and Soul welcomes anyone with a passion for the visual arts; anyone who finds spiritual connection and personal expression within the act of making, contemplating and/or discussing visual creation and ideas relating to it. This covenant group is an ongoing exploration of many facets of artistic creation, including engaging in creative activities within the group; sharing of each other’s own artistic work and process; discussing books, articles, exhibitions and ideas; producing a group project (i.e. an exhibition of work by members). 
Meeting: Third Thursday of the month, 7:30 PM
Leader: Nick Lewis