We, the minister and members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Gwinnett, choose to live in a relational covenant in the spirit of the Principles and Purposes of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Covenant of Right Relations of UUCG.
In the Unitarian Universalist tradition there is no higher authority than the Congregation. Yet the congregation does not operate in isolation, but rather in covenant with its professional leaders, other congregations, and with that which is ultimate.
We have called our minister to serve as our spiritual and pastoral leader and facilitate our shared journey with honesty, personal reflection, and purpose so we can grow in compassion and truth as we serve our mission in the wider world.
To encourage healthy shared ministry, we honor the following practices:
- The congregation will support the minister in her personal and professional needs, believing that a stronger minister equips us to model an intentional beloved community.
- The minister will challenge and support us in deepening our passion for Unitarian Universalism.
- The minister and the members will live their conscience and speak their minds with compassion and responsibility for their words and actions.
- The minister will balance transparency with respect for confidentiality.
- The minister and the congregation will work together to live into our covenants.
- Together we will honor our past as we create new possibilities for our future.
We recognize we will not live this covenant perfectly. When we fail, we will forgive ourselves and each other and begin again in the spirit of trust, compassion and inquiry.