Covenant is the silk that joins Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations, communities, and individuals together in a web of interconnection. The practice of promising to walk together is the precious core of our creedless faith. Every UU congregation has covenanted to “affirm and promote” the Seven UU “Principles and Practices” and to promise “one another our mutual trust and support.”
Some UU congregations also have written agreements for their own congregation. Written congregational covenants help people understand and practice how community members aspire to be together, and what to do when those aspirations fall short. In this way, covenants are like holy signposts that help a group of people know where they are headed and how.
After over 20 years as a congregation, MMUUF decided in June 2016 to create a written Covenant for our congregation. MMUUF formed a new committee to lead the fellowship-wide process of writing an MMUUF covenant. This process comes at the end of a two-year period of having “Covenant” as our Sunday services theme and after deciding through our budgeting process to support the work of writing our own covenant.
We are excited to be working with Karen Bellavance-Grace who works in the New England Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association in the Congregational Collaborations & Small Congregations Support department.
Karen led our Sunday Service on October 9th, which was our kick-off event for the few months of work that it will take to write our own covenant. During October and November, the committee has led Fellowship conversations about what we value most about MMUUF, how we think about our future together, and how we see our place in our community. With Karen’s wisdom and guidance, the committee will develop a draft Covenant. Our intention is to adopt our Covenant in June 2017 at our Annual Meeting.
Check back to this page for more updates through the year.