Covenant Groups

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

Group Openings

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

2 openings

Facilitators: Peg Mangan (pegmangan@yahoo.com) and Tod Preston (todpreston1@yahoo.com)

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 (nicamarybeth@yahoo.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

2-3 openings

Facilitator(s): Dana Martin (danajmart@aol.com) and Martha Ertman (mertman@law.umaryland.edu)

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