Whether you are new to our community or have been with us decades, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve heard me speak about covenants a lot since I began my settlement as your minister. We’ve also been teaching about covenants in our faith development programming. Covenants are one of the foundation of our living tradition of Unitarian Universalism.
What the staff, the leadership, and I have learned in the last several months is that many of you have questions about what exactly is in our specific Covenant of Right Relations (one of many covenants we have as UUs). This Covenant is framed and on display in the sanctuary foyer. Here is what it says—the promises we make to each other as we gather in community:
COVENANT OF RIGHT RELATIONS
We, the members of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg, confirm our Covenant of Right Relations. As members, we seek to make our church a safe space for everyone.
We acknowledge that we are different from each other. We recognize that we are enriched by our diversity and that our differences will sometimes be a source of conflict. We acknowledge that we are all responsible for our own words and actions.
In this light, we covenant to:
- Nurture a safe and welcoming community.
- Honour each other’s inherent worth.
- Assume good will on the part of each other.
- Listen to each other with care.
- Speak to and about each other with respect.
- Be honest with each other.
- Talk directly to each other even if differences exist.
- Ask for help when conflict is too difficult to handle alone.
Created and affirmed by our congregation, April 2013
In gratitude and faith,
~ Rev. Meghann
[Webmaster note: Visit our Covenant of Right Relations on our website.]