As Passover commemorates the journey into freedom, and Easter celebrates the triumph of new life emerging, we enter a time of new beginnings, returning from isolation into community, a time to re-create who we are in hope and possibility.
Our congregational covenant – our agreement for how we will live together in community – is founded on the values we share, and on our commitment to bring our values into everything we do together. Our shared values help us find the commonality in our diversity, and to build bridges between our divisions. Today we explore the values that were identified in the Listening Circles in March, and prepare for a new round of Circles to explore how we live into those values to create a vibrant covenantal church community.
Unitarian Universalists are united in our faith by covenant. an intentional agreement for how we create community in peace and mutual respect. We build positive relationship by listening and understanding each other. The listening circles during March will identify the shared values that form the basis for covenantal relationship in this church, part of a covenant renewal process that will unfold during the coming months. All are welcome and encouraged to participate!
A covenant is the agreement we create for how we will be together, and the promise we make to abide by that agreement. Being human, we know that we will break our promise, and so we call ourselves and each other back into covenant, again and again, deepening our relationship and learning ever more deeply to live in harmony.
Is it said that Unitarian Universalism is a covenantal, rather than a creedal, faith. What does that mean, where did the idea originate and how has it been carried forward over the centuries in the UU faith movement on this continent?