A Right Relations Guide

I, as a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Cherry Hill community, in an effort to nurture communication and model our principles, acknowledge a need for Right Relations. To that end, I observe these guidelines:

1.  I will use "I" statements when sharing my experiences, feelings and opinions.
2.  I will seek to understand, listening with an open heart and an open mind.
3.  I will withhold unsolicited personal judgments and examine my assumptions and biases.
4.  I will speak my truth in constructive and civil ways, considering how my communication
     style affects others.
5.  I will, if I have a concern with someone, speak with that person directly and not about
     them and, if necessary, use the mechanisms provided by the church to resolve conflicts. 
6.  I will acknowledge indications of pain, concern, or discomfort in our community.
7.  I will be sensitive towards persons and groups that feel marginalized and oppressed,
     understanding that conflicts will arise and that neat solutions cannot always be found.
8.  I will recognize that the work we do together is sometimes difficult, and that it is
     important that we “stay at the table” together. This may require patience and courage.
9.  I will treat my colleagues with love, compassion, dignity, and respect, and I will practice
     Right Relations with all members of  the UUCCH community.
10. I will acknowledge that this is a living document, intended to be improved as the church
     community sees fit.

Bringing joy, hope, and justice to all I do as a member of this church community, I seek to embody and enact these Guidelines of Right Relations with the love, reverence, and humility one should expect from our religious community.