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Invite participants to create a group covenant to guide them in their work.
Ask the group to work together to construct a group covenant. Inform participants that a covenant is a promise, an agreement as to how the group will be together; that is, how it will conduct itself. Use the following discussion prompts to start covenant making:
Work with participants to create the covenant. Allow time for participants to think and reflect. List responses on newsprint. Encourage positive wording, that is, what they will do, not what they will not do. If participants do not suggest them, share the following guidelines based on those proposed in the UUA Youth Advisor's Handbook:
Review the covenant. Then ask, "What should happen if someone breaks the covenant?" Have participants use "I" statements to point out when a guideline has been broken; for example, "I feel the remark was insulting," instead of "You made an insulting remark." Resolve the problem and review the solution in light of the covenant. Revise the covenant as needed and make sure the group agrees with the change. Explain that you will post the covenant and that the group can revisit, add to, and revise it so it remains meaningful. Thank participants for creating the covenant as a group and for sharing the responsibility of upholding it.
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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
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