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Creating a Covenant for Your Chapter
A covenant is a sacred promise for how your chapter and congregation will be in relationship with one another. It is a promise. Something all can count on to keep the relationship between chapter and congregation healthy and in right relations with one another.
Here are some resources for writing Covenants:
Covenant is Foundational to Congregational Polity
"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."
Writing a Covenant Workshop
This is an outline for creating a session with everyone who is in your chapter and the congregational leadership to work out the covenant together.
Covenant of Right Relations
From the website:
"Congregational Covenants can take many forms and reflect the needs and best wishes of a variety of groups—from church committee members to staff groups to how members of an entire congregation agree to conduct themselves with one another. Creating and agreeing to a covenant can be an extremely effective tool for setting guidelines and building trust. Developing a covenant can be a useful method for addressing disruptive behavior. Sample covenants are provided to help guide and inspire you.
Do We Know What a Covenant Is? by Rev. Catherine Clarenbach
This blog post was written for the CUUPS blog "Nature's Sacred Journey".
Sample Chapter Covenants - Click Here
Reading Material for Building a Healthy & Welcoming CUUPS Chapter
The Well Grounded CUUPS Chapter by David Burwasser
CUUPS in the Twenty-First Century by Mary Ann Somerville
Breaking the Ice: Introducing Paganism to Your UU Congregation by David Burwasser
Don't Scare the Horses: Political Content in Pagan Liturgy by David Burwasser
Creating Effective Organizations for the Future by Jerrie Hildebrand
Working with the Media by Jerrie Hildebrand
Books about Creating Healthy Pagan Groups
Antagonist in the Church by Kenneth C. Haugk
Covencraft: Witchcraft for Three or More by Amber K
Wicca Covens: How to Start and Organize Your Own by Judy Harrow
ChurchWorks by Anne Odin Heller