On December 6th the Transition team along with Rev. Gretchen Haley facilitated a 3 hour workshop aimed at writing a Covenant of Right Relations in response to a request from the Board of Trustees. For some background on covenants of right relations, check out this link from the Unitarian Universalist Association: http://www.uua.org/safe/covenant/.
The work began in earnest with over 20 people discussing, sharing, learning and developing their understanding of what a Covenant of Right Relations is and why we need one.
We heard in the sermon on Sunday that to be human is to make promises – which is at the heart of covenant. To be human is to break these covenants and to remake them again. We all have a stake in the well-being of our church. Therefore, we also have a stake in how we communicate, treat each other, and how we go about the work ahead. Along the way there will be missteps, there will be hurt, there will be misunderstanding, The Covenant of Right Relations will help us acknowledge our role, seek to understand, offer forgiveness, and move on.
There is work still to be done to draft a document worthy of public display, however the efforts of the people gathered last weekend have been delivered to a writing team. The writing team will dot the i’s, cross the t’s and send it to the Board of Trustees for approval. Keep an eye out for a completed Covenant soon!
Please let me – as a member of the Transitions Team, know of your questions or ideas about facilitating our Covenant of Right Relations – firstname.lastname@example.org.