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Membership Means Covenant

Unitarian Universalists subscribe to no creed nor dogma nor doctrine. We are a covenantal community, not a creedal one. Membership in a Unitarian Universalist congregation fundamentally means consciously choosing to enter into covenant with other members. Our covenant is a way of shared living beyond words, yet we can point to it with words such as these:

  • We covenant to walk together; to support each other with friendship, good will, and respect; to recognize our kinship and respect our difference; to nurture simultaneously our unity and our diversity; to bring to each other and to our congregation the gifts of our Presence, our Participation, our Unitarian Universalist Practice, and our Percentage Giving of financial support (the “four P's”)

One popular UU affirmation declares our covenant to dwell together in peace, seek knowledge in freedom, and serve humankind in fellowship, to the end that all souls shall grow into harmony with the all.

  • Our UU Principles are a covenant to affirm and promote:
    • the inherent worth and dignity of every person;
    • justice, equity and compassion;
    • acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth;
    • the free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
    • the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process;
    • the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all; and
    • respect for the interdependent web of existence.
  • The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville adopted this UUFG Covenantstatement in 2002: "In our relationships to one another, we covenant to:
    • respect and value every person in our congregation during times of agreement and disagreement;
    • minister to each other,
    • celebrate our joys and give support in times of sorrow;
    • make decisions through a democratic process, participate, and respect the outcomes of the collective wisdom;
    • set a positive example for children through our words, action, and instruction, while cherishing them as unique individuals;
    • give our time, energy, voices and economic resources to the common good;
    • in all things be guided by our Unitarian Universalist principles."
  • We covenant to uphold and realize our vision: "To be a diverse religious community committed to lifelong spiritual growth and compassionate service to each other, our community, and the earth."
  • We covenant to uphold and realize our mission:
    • Honor the inherent worth and dignity of all people and of the world in which we live;
    • respect and encourage the many different approaches to spiritual fulfillment;
    • support each other in life’s passages and struggles;
    • work compassionately for peace, liberty and justice;
    • celebrate our connection to the sacredness of life and protect life’s sustaining systems.
  • We covenant to uphold and realize the purposesstipulated in our bylaws: "This organization:
    • provides opportunities for personal spiritual growth and nourishment;
    • fosters and invigorates a broadminded acceptance of different views of religion;
    • respects the inherent worth of every individual;
    • supports mutual respect for differences of individual paths to spiritual formation;
    • encourages free and disciplined search for truth and a deeper understanding and experience of human values;
    • strives to create a world community founded on the ideals of friendship, justice, and peace."
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