Small Groups

What is Small Group Ministry?

Small group ministry is a commitment to listening and speaking with care and attention, to being authentically present, and to developing a deeper sense of meaning and spiritual community.

What does The Sanctuary Boston offer?

Our Committed Groups meet on weeks when there is no Sanctuary worship. Members of committed groups commit to attend 7 of the 8 sessions, so please join at the start of each Fall or Spring round. Email to find out whether sign-ups are open or to join our mailing list to be contacted for future rounds.

When and where….and what will we eat?

Groups meet in Cambridge/Somerville or at First Church Boston from 6:30-8:30p. (The Young Adult group will meet 5:30-7:30pm.) You are invited to bring snacks to share.

Spring 2019 Small Group Ministry

General group (open to all) Tuesdays in Somerville 6:30-8:30p March 12, 26, April 9, 23, May 7, 21, 28, June 11

General group (open to all) Thursdays in Boston 6:30-8:30p March 14, 28, April 11, 25, May 9, 23, 30, June 13

Younger adult (ages 18-25) group Thursdays in Somerville 5:30-7:30p March 14, 28, April 11, 25, May 9, 23, 30, June 13

This group will explore how, as we emerge into our congregations, our denomination, and the world, we live the principles and values of UUism. Register here.

If you’re ready to sign up, register here.

Sign-up deadline for Spring 2019 is March 6, 2019.


What happens at a small group meeting?

Each session focused on a theme. We talk about about things like gratitude, loss, family, transitions, justice, etc. It’s a chance for deeper conversation and connection in an ongoing group.

We start each session with food and fellowship, then light a chalice and check in, sharing briefly around the circle anything we need to leave behind to be fully present. We read quotes and short passages, and discussion questions about our theme for the night. We start the discussion by sharing from our own experiences, once per person without response or cross-talk. Then we break briefly for snacks, and return for a second round of conversation.

What should I expect of others in my Small Group? What will they expect of me?

Small groups use a covenant—an agreement of how we will be together—which means we promise to stay in right relation with one another and create a safer space. Each group makes its own covenant by agreeing upon a set of expectations and boundaries that may include showing up, being on time, communication, respectful sharing, deep listening, speaking from one’s own experience, and confidentiality.