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Covenant of Right Relations

Adopted by the Congregation on June 1, 2014

We, the members of the Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, covenant with one another to act in the following ways in our interactions and in all forms of communication:

We speak and write directly, openly, and respectfully with each other.

I will take individual responsibility to:

  • act, write, and speak with tact, clarity and compassion,
  • go directly to a person with whom I disagree and respectfully share differences,
  • follow the established Guidelines for Resolving Issues or Concerns in a timely manner,
  • remember that after disagreement or conflict, we deepen our bonds when we repair, forgive, and sustain our relationships.

We support and encourage diversity within our congregation.

I will take individual responsibility to:

  • listen appreciatively and with an open mind to those whose opinions or whose life experiences or cultures are different from mine,
  • create a welcoming environment that encourages participation by all.

We trust each other’s best intentions.

I will take individual responsibility to:

  • trust other people’s motives and opinions, as we work for the shared goal of supporting our religious community,
  • accept that we are all human and are called upon to forgive each other’s shortcomings and mistakes,
  • keep MDUUC a safe place for healthy disagreement as well as for harmonious relationships.

We respect healthy boundaries.

I will take individual responsibility to:

  • respect the personal boundaries of all members, and the personal and professional boundaries of ministers and staff,
  • refrain from coercing or forcing any undesired contact or connection.

We honor community decisions.

I will take individual responsibility to:

  • accept decisions made in accordance with our governance structure and formal procedures, and will respectfully work only within those democratic processes to effect change.
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