How Do Covenant Groups and Chalice Circles Work?

Groups meet at ERUUF and sometimes in members' homes. The group meetings follow an established pattern. They start with a short reading. Next comes a "check in" period when members share what is on their minds or what has happened recently in their lives. Then comes a time for individual sharing and deep listening. Topics are chosen by the group and may focus on ethical or spiritual issues as well as topics for personal sharing. The group ends at the agreed-upon time, usually with closing words. Some groups include light refreshments as part of their meeting.