We were asked by the participants at last October's Visioning Session to revisit the covenant, with the possibility of making it more concise. We have listed some samples below, and would very much like your feedback on which you find the most acceptable and why.
Please make suggestions to change wording, to insert or delete parts. Or, suggest a whole new one! This is the work of the whole congregation, so we would love to hear from you soon. The plan is for a final version to be voted on at the Annual Meeting in June.
Please respond by email to Dusty Culton, Jane Watts and Mary Van Valin:
Dusty, Jane and Mary
Respecting diverse points of view, we assume good intentions, communicate directly, listen willingly, and forgive easily.
and inclusive values unite us, the Seven Principles guide us, and loving action defines us.
An agreement of Right Relations - United in values as expressed in our UU Seven
Principles, we or (I) covenant to:
* Welcome all who gather here
* Create a loving, diverse community
* Treat others with kindness, empathy and respect
We grow awareness, we cultivate kindness.
Ours is a religious home of love, action, and challenge.
We covenant to live the seven principles in all of our interactions.
We embrace diversity of thought with kindness.
A longer version:
Living by our Universal Unitarian Principles:
We Covenant to:
elcome all who come here and we assume good intentions.
ncourage all voices to speak.
isten willingly to understand.
ommunicate honestly with kindness.
penly encourage diversity.
ake service, volunteer, financial and acceptance commitments.
spouse to act with compassion.
A poetic version:
(9) Kindness is our North Star; Listening, our flowing stream; Gentleness, the moon-lit night; and Forgiveness, the morning light.