Find a place where you can be quiet with your thoughts. Close your eyes and breathe deeply for about five minutes, perhaps repeating a word or phrase to separate yourself from the activities of the day. When you feel settled and relaxed, think about the various phrases of the Blake covenant and the meaning the words hold for you personally. What does "Love is the spirit of this church" mean to you? How is love the spirit of your congregation? How is this spirit made manifest? How do members of the congregation experience and express it? The next line is "...and service is its law." In what ways does your congregation do service? How, in your congregation, does "service" function as a "law?" The Blake covenant goes on to enumerate three components of "our great covenant:" to dwell together in peace, to seek the truth in love, and to help one another. Does your congregation accept this "great covenant?" How is it manifest? How do members "dwell together in peace?" When do you "seek the truth in love?" How consistently do members live by a promise to "help one another?" Keep these thoughts in mind as you lead participants to review the Blake covenant and think about creating a legacy for Unitarian Universalist generations yet to come.
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