Identifying Our Living Practices
For the next several weeks, we as a congregation (including members, friends, all interested parties) will be working to identify how our covenant elements are part of our lives here at UUCLV, or how we hope for them to be part of our lives.
We will then meet as a congregation after service on Sunday, December 2, 2018, to discuss what we have discovered.
Please comment on any or all of the six elements; also, please include your name so that we can keep track of who is commenting so that we can gather as many different contributions as possible.
UUCLV Covenant Draft
1. We practice hospitality, welcoming all those who enter.
2. We are building a multicultural, multigenerational community that promotes and strives toward justice, and works to end marginalization of any people.
3. We listen with respect and attention, and we communicate with care.
4. We are a church community who serves our church community with generosity and good humor, and we support one another in times of joy and need.
5. When covenant is broken, we reach out, with openness and compassion, to restore relationship/covenant.
6. We acknowledge our own shortcomings and hold ourselves accountable for our mistakes, recognizing them as learning opportunities for growth and self-awareness.
Questions to consider:
I see element #1 every Sunday, when I say hello and sometimes chat with visitors.
At UUCLV, Element #2 looks like the “Black Lives Matter” banner hanging in our worship hall.
I imagine element #3 would look like people sharing their ideas in meetings by using active listening, making sure what another speaker has said before chiming in with one’s thoughts on the topic.
At the Service Auction, I saw element #4 come to life as we kidded with each other while raising money for our congregation. I saw it again when the event was over and lots of people worked together to reassemble the worship and social halls without being prodded—they just jumped in and helped until the task was done!
At UUCLV, I have seen email exchanges where people apologize for making decisions that inadvertently hurt others, and then working with all the people involved to discuss how that decision could be changed in a way that all concerns were heard and addressed. This is how element #5 can happen at UUCLV.
I imagine that element #6 might happen by one person in a meeting mentioning a problem that has cropped up, and the person who knows why the problem is happening speaking up and saying that they were part of the problem and asking for help in making changes.
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