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Tapestry of Faith: Curricula and Resources for Lifespan Faith Development

Sharing the Journey

  • We would like to thank everyone who helped with this document, especially Eric Dawson, for sharing his Small Group Ministry Facilitator’s...
  • Small group ministry invites youth into a relational and spiritual focus in the context of your congregation. It can serve youth as an...
  • This is a model for using small group ministry within a youth conference. The theme for this example is "Same, But Different." Sessions can...
  • Use this model for a service project involving multiple ages. Session A, The Project, and Session B provide the framework for planning,...
  • The sample sessions included here follow the format outlined above. A variety of focus material is used. Most sessions can be completed in...
  • This two-part training is based on the work of Eric Dawson and adapted by Jessica York. The training sessions, 90 minutes each, may be used...
  • Once you have chosen to explore small group ministry with youth, you will have decisions to make about several aspects of the program. In...
  • Many of our congregations have embraced the use of small group ministry or covenant groups with adults. Small group ministry can be a way...
  • MATERIALS Chalice or LED/battery-operated candle Paper and pens/pencils DESCRIPTION Opening Use your established opening ritual. Check-In...
  • Opening Light the chalice and share this quote: We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same...
  • Opening Light the chalice and share this quote: We have become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different...
  • Opening Light the chalice and share this quote: Consider the following. We humans are social beings. We come into the world as the result...
  • Say that sometimes small group ministry groups are called "covenant groups" because they act from a shared covenant. Tonight's session will...
  • As soon as possible—ideally, immediately—following the service project. MATERIALS Chalice or LED/battery-operated candle A copy of Singing...
  • Visit the nursing home (or other service project location) the same day as Session A, or as soon as possible thereafter. Carpool to the...
  • MATERIALS Chalice or LED/battery-operated candle PREPARATION Research a community you would like to serve and contact the people who can...
  • MATERIALS Chalice or LED/battery-operated candle Newsprint, markers, and tape Optional: Nametags and markers Optional: A copy of the...
  • MATERIALS Chalice or LED/battery-operated candle A copy of the movie Monsters, Inc. , and a player For Optional Activity: Note cards and...
  • MATERIALS Chalice or LED/battery-operated candle A copy of the movie The King of Kong , PG-13, 83 minutes, and a player Optional: A copy of...
  • Materials Chalice or LED/battery-operated candle Newsprint, markers, and tape Optional: A copy of an episode of the Animal Planet...
  • MATERIALS Chalice or LED/battery-operated candle DESCRIPTION Opening Use your established opening ritual or light the chalice and share the...
  • MATERIALS Chalice or LED/battery-operated candle Optional: Computer with Internet access PREPARATION Choose and plan a way for participants...
  • MATERIALS Chalice or LED/battery-operated candle Newsprint, markers, and tape Optional: Computer with Internet access Optional: Music...
  • MATERIALS Chalice or LED/battery-operated candle Newsprint, markers, and tape PREPARATION Print out the four skits (below). Make enough...
  • MATERIALS Chalice or LED/battery-operated candle Newsprint, markers, and tape A calendar Timepiece (seconds) Bell or chime DESCRIPTION...
  • MATERIALS Newsprint sheet with list of fears from the previous session PREPARATION Know the regular meeting times for future facilitator...
  • MATERIALS Newsprint, markers, and tape A talking stick, stone, or other object Singing the Living Tradition , the Unitarian Universalist...
  • You might use the format of the sample sessions here to create your own small group ministry sessions for youth. Find additional sessions...
  • While small group ministry uses various formats, it must provide (1) a time dedicated to checking in and (2) questions that invite...
  • Often small group ministry or covenant groups include a service component, which Peter Bowden calls "inspired group action." Service to the...
  • The role of the facilitator is to: Build community in the group, making sure that each person is included, heard, and valued Help...
  • A major consideration is the size of the group. Small group ministry acknowledges that we connect on a personal level better when we are in...
  • How you use the small group ministry sessions will determine the frequency of meeting. Small group ministry with adults usually meets once...
  • As with adult small ministry groups, before creating a small group for youth give thought to the size of the group, safety, confidentiality...
  • Inviting youth to participate in small group ministry is a good fit for several reasons: Youth frequently do not want a formal curriculum,...
  • Small group ministry is intentional, lay-led small groups that deepen and expand the ministry of a congregation. Two key focuses are...
  • By Helen Zidowecki, Jessica York
    Small group ministry can be a way to help individuals build relationships, experience a greater sense of belonging, and feel supported in their spiritual journey in the congregation.
  • Peter Freeman Bowden, " Toward a True Lifespan Ministry: Why we lose them " (Small Group Ministry Network Quarterly, Fall 2004) Center for...

Uplift: Uplifting LGBTQ+ Experience Within and Beyond Unitarian Universalism

  • By Stanley Petkus
    Inspired by Sikhs who have been mistaken as Muslim responding to Islamaphobia by drawing the circle of love wider, Stanley Petkus calls on our LGBTQIA+ communities to stand up for each other.