Small Groups

“We can reclaim conversation as our route back to each other, and as a path to a hopeful future.”
Margaret Wheatley

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 form each fall and spring and generally meet on weeks when there is no Sanctuary worship. Feel free to email us to find out whether sign-ups are open or to join our mailing list.

When and where….and what will we eat?

Groups meet in members’ homes in Somerville/Teele Sq and Brookline Village. Everyone is invited to bring snacks to share. 

Spring 2020 Groups

  • Tuesdays in Brookline 6:30-8:30p March 10, 24; April 7, 21, 28; May 12, 26; June 9 
  • Thursdays in Somerville 6:30-8:30p March 12, 26; April 9, 23, 30; May 14, 28; June 11

If you’re ready to join, sign up here by March 4, 2020!

If you’d like more info, email us!

What happens at a small group meeting?

Each week, facilitators choose a topic of interest to the group. We gather for food and fellowship, then light a chalice and check in, sharing briefly anything we need to leave behind to be fully present. Then we read quotes and short passages to stimulate our hearts and minds on the topic. We start the discussion with “popcorn style” sharing from our own experiences, once per person without response or cross-talk. Then we take a brief break and return for a second round of conversation with more response and cross-talk.

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

Small groups are covenant groups, which means we promise to stay in right relation with one another and create a safe space. Each group makes its own covenant by agreeing upon a set of expectations and boundaries that may include time management, commitment, communication, respectful sharing, deep listening, speaking from one’s own experience, and confidentiality.

How accessible are these spaces?

The Somerville location is a 0.7 mi walk from Davis Sq T stop (Red line) and up 3 flights of stairs. The Brookline location is a 0.2mi walk from the Brookline Village T stop (Green D line), and up 3 stairs with narrow doorways.

We ask small group participants to refrain from wearing strong scents and to be mindful of food sensitivities/allergies. Please contact if you have specific requests or questions about accessibility.