Covenant

The Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta is a covenantal community. While we hold many

beliefs, we are committed to each other, to our shared search for truth and meaning, and to our

work towards building the beloved community. As our covenant, we commit to the following.

 

We get involved and help where we can.

 

We strive to be open, honest, and respectful.

 

We are generous with our time and our support for this institution and each other.

 

We actively welcome and encourage diversity while seeking shared understanding and

common ground.

 

We recognize that we will not always agree, but we are committed to staying engaged and in

right relationship.

 

We honor our commitments; if we can’t, we communicate that.

 

We believe that problems are best addressed person to person and when an issue has

not been resolved directly we will ask for assistance.

 

We respect and maintain personal boundaries while still promoting community.

 

We recognize both the necessity and challenge of change.

 

We expect the best from ourselves and one another.

 

We recognize the need for confidentiality and discretion and also the possible harm of keeping

secrets.

 

We are committed to making this a space where everyone of all ages is welcome, safe, and

valued.

 

We recognize and appreciate our roles in and commitment to this community.

 

We recognize our human imperfections and our likelihood to fall short of our covenant. We

believe in forgiveness and share the responsibility for maintaining this covenant and holding

each other accountable to our commitments.

 

In short, as a community we commit to

 

Get involved, and stay engaged

 

Be Honest and Kind

 

Be Respectful and Open Minded

 

Grow and Learn Together

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