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Covenant is Foundational to Congregational Polity

Covenant is a foundational part of Congregational Polity and the Free Church. Where creeds or doctrines hold other faiths together, we are held together by our promises to one another.

"Covenant" is Latin for "come together" and means a "solemn agreement" or "promise from the heart" regarding a course of action between parties.

Many congregations have Covenants of Right Relations which help clarify expectations and creating a safe environment for congregations.

But our congregational covenants also have a purpose essential to the practice of Unitarian Universalism:

Covenants are a deep, abiding promise between equals to partner with each other and that which is bigger than ourselves to work for a just and loving world.

In other words,

  • What are our most important shared loyalties and commitments?
  • What do we promise to one another as we serve?
  • How are we to be together as a faith community?
  • How do we explicitly express our relationship with one another and with the object of our shared ultimate commitment?

Creating a covenant is something that each congregation has to do for itself.






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Last updated on Monday, October 27, 2014.

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At General Assembly (GA) 2013, UUs were asked to think deeply about the promises they make. What are our promises to each other, to our fellow congregants, to any UUs? How do we show up for each other? What Do We Promise One Another?  

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