Compassionate Community, Spirited Searching, Courageous Actions.
COVENANTS TO EACH OTHER
In the spirit of affirming the dignity and human worth of all persons, and in our individual searches for truth and meaning, as congregants of Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Church, we make the following commitments to one another in the spirit of love:
We work to build community.
– We treat one another in a friendly, open, and welcoming manner. – We participate in the life of the community, and give generously of ourselves and our resources. – We actively listen to each other. – We care for one another. – We inspire others to participate in the life of the church and acknowledge their contributions.
We work toward open and respectful communication.
– We assume the best of others and treat them with courtesy, honesty, and good faith. – We speak for ourselves alone. – We discuss issues out in the open and avoid gossip. – We nurture person-to-person and group-to-group relationships. – We give and seek constructive feedback in our relationships with one another.
We accept responsibility to work constructively to maintain right relationships.
– We treat others with dignity and sensitivity even when in disagreement. – We stay in the conversation, even when conflicts arise. – We attempt to understand the perspective of the other even while in disagreement with that viewpoint. – We seek common ground rather than dwell on differences and challenge ourselves to forgive past wrongs. – We commit to working within those processes that have been developed to resolve conflict and keep our congregation healthy.
We begin each service by reciting this covenant:
Love is the spirit of this church,
and service its gift.
This is our great covenant:
to dwell together in peace,
to seek the truth in love,
and to help one another.