Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Galveston County

Right Relations Convenant

As UU's we live by a set of Principles. The preamble to the list of Principles states, “We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote. . .” We covenant. Central to the practice of Unitarian Universalism is the notion that our agreements--our covenants not our creed--are what bind us together. Ours is a faith based in right relationship, and a behavioral covenant is a tool for articulating the specific commitments inherent in our relationships.

In 2005 members of this congregation came together to develop behavioral guidelines to support constructive relationships within the membership. The result was the Right Relations Covenant. All members of our congregation pledge to honor this covenant as the touchstone for positive relations.

We will communicate openly, honestly and respectfully.

We will listen carefully with open minds and open hearts.

We will assume good intentions, practice tolerance and resist the temptation to become offended.

We will take responsibility for our speech, actions and feelings, and we will be sensitive to possible conflicts and willing to work toward solutions.

We will consider other perspectives and will strive not for unanimity but for mutual respect.

We will honor our own boundaries and the boundaries of others.

We will respect and support the diversity within our congregation and work to foster a welcoming environment.