Covenant


Upon the creation of the Greater Philly UU Cluster in 2013, members developed a covenant to describe how we promise to engage with one another in the Cluster community. At the GPC meeting on September 17, 2016, the members in attendance revised the covenant as follows:

Greater Philly UU Cluster Covenant

• Be true to UU purposes & principles
• Be as present and positive as possible
• Focus on strengths rather than limitations
• Be conscious of others’ styles and limitations

• Listen, speak and work with others with respect and regard
• Step up and speak, but step back and listen
• Formulate responses to respectfully advance conversation
• Approach Cluster activities with an open mind and optimism (avoid saying, “Been there, done that, didn’t work.”)
• Share knowledge of our congregations and communicate that knowledge with our congregations
• Be clear with commitments and honor them

• Start & end on time
• Close all meetings with action items/assignments

“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.
‘Covenant’ is both a noun and a verb. It can be a written agreement among individual community members promising to behave in certain ways, and it can mean to engage in mutual promises with Spirit, with other people and communities.” – UUA

For more information on covenants within Unitarian Universalism, check out the UUA’s Covenant is Foundational to Congregational Polity