Adopted June 4, 2017
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.
MMUUF decided in June 2016 to create a written covenant for our congregation. This process came at the end of a two-year period of having “Covenant” as the theme for our Sunday Services. MMUUF formed a new committee to lead the fellowship-wide process of writing an MMUUF covenant.
We engaged Karen Bellavance-Grace from the Congregational Collaborations & Small Congregations Support department of the New England Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association, to help guide us.
Karen led our Sunday Service on October 9, 2017 which was our kick-off event for the few months of work that it took to write our own covenant. During October and November, the committee 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 developed a draft Covenant. From January through May 2017, the Fellowship considered the draft, suggested changes, and finally voted unanimously to adopt the Covenant at the June 4, 2017 Annual Meeting.