How Do Covenant Groups and Chalice Circles Work?

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 on a chosen topic. Groups choose a different topic for each meeting. Examples include:  facing a challenge, spiritual journeys, family relationships, perseverance, etc.   The group ends at the agreed-upon time, usually with closing words. Some groups include light refreshments as part of their meeting.