When someone deeply listens to you, it is like holding out a dented cup you have had since childhood and watching it fill up with cold fresh water. –John Fox
Covenant groups, comprising six to twelve participants who meet on a regular schedule, are safe spaces where everyone is heard and confidentiality is honored. Through simple practices of listening and speaking from the heart, participants share experiences and beliefs while fostering caring, friendship, spiritual growth, insight, and enjoyment. They deepen faith and help build beloved community.
Covenant groups often discuss the monthly worship theme. You can find worship theme guides below.
For further information, complete the form below. You can also connect by
- contacting the facilitator of a group with open seats
- attending an open meeting
- watching for openings in the weekly church communications
- starting a new group
Worship Theme Guides
Click through to see the monthly theme guides (months in blue are available). On each page, you can right-click your mouse to print a hard copy.
Stopping to Think is dedicated to thoughtful reflection on the monthly spiritual themes and on the themes of our individual lives, providing a refuge, a sanctuary, a much-needed pause in our hurried lives. We gather as seekers and thinkers, questioners and listeners, reflecting on these themes in a spirit of curiosity, focus, compassion and acceptance. We hope to grow in understanding and wisdom, in presence and love, often through exploration of short texts and always through participants’ own stories.
1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month, 7:00-8:30 pm; optional socializing 6:30-7:00; members’ homes in DC
Facilitator: Patricia Adler (email@example.com; 917-553-4334)
TNG (the Tuesday Night Group) alternates volunteers to lead our discussions. The first Tuesday of the month we use the discussion guide and covenant group structure. The 3rd Tuesday of the month someone volunteers to lead a topic of their choosing. We have used meditations, poetry readings, discussion topics, journaling, different prayer practices, movement and music over the past year. As a group, we have been very open to different spiritual perspectives ranging from agnostic to Christian to earth religions to Ultimate Frisbee. We are respectful listeners and have created a supportive environment for one another.
1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00 pm; Adams Morgan
OPEN MEETING 1st Tuesdays
Facilitator: Anne Hopewell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Poetry and Journaling is a group of people who love words. We use a portion of our time together to share poems or journal entries that we have written on the month’s theme. If writing is part of your spiritual practice or you would like it to be, we would love to welcome you to our meetings.
Saturday mornings, once a month, Columbia Heights
OPEN MEETING always. Open to all comers, any time!
Facilitator: Mary Beth Hatem (email@example.com)
The Second Monday Group is starting our fourth year together and are looking for new members! We have self-selected our topics for the year based on suggestions from the group through an impressively democratic process. Past topics include, “what would you do if you were not afraid,” and what it means to “live intentionally.” We keep a fairly traditional format giving everyone a chance to present their views and then comment on new insights. We start and end the evening with plentiful snacks, as many group members come to the meeting directly from work.
2nd Mondays, 6:45 pm; DC (generally Columbia Heights and Petworth)
Facilitator: Kathy Gaubatz (firstname.lastname@example.org; 202-253-4547)
Being and Becoming is a welcoming group of All Souls folk who want to make new friends and grow spiritually. We explore the church’s monthly spiritual themes together. We will also share our life experiences and how to make the most of our lives as we grow and learn.
3rd Wednesdays, Mt Pleasant/Adams Morgan/Columbia Heights
Facilitators: Amanda Rohn, Sara Bracken, Zoila Hinson (email@example.com)
Shaw and Friends are from Capitol Hill, Bloomingdale, Columbia Heights, Logan Circle, and maybe Takoma Park.
3rd Thursdays, 7:00-8:30/9:00; Shaw/Bloomingdale/Columbia Heights
Facilitators: Peg Mangan (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Tod Preston (email@example.com)
Parenting with Spirit examines the monthly church themes and other spiritual texts from the vantage point of single parents of children of all ages. The group makes time and space for spiritual deepening, which might otherwise be neglected in our busy schedules. Childcare is provided so parents can fully participate; all members are expected to contribute to childcare costs.
Saturdays (varies, but usually 4:00-6:00 pm); Takoma Park