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How To Write Your Own Affirmations/ Covenants/ Doxologies

These are typically statements of belief that can be affirmed, or principles around which the community is entering (or has already entered) into a covenant, so care should be taken with these terms. They have meaning that should be respected. Is the affirmation that you’re writing one that the people in your congregation really can affirm? What about those who can’t (or won’t)? Sometimes a phrase like, “Will those who wish to join me in saying...” can provide space for those who disagree. The same is true if asking the congregation to join together in covenant around some issue. Take these things seriously, and always seek the counsel of others when considering these approaches.

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Erik Walker Wikstrom

Erik Walker Wikstrom

The Rev. Erik Walker Wikstrom is the former Worship and Music Resources Director for the Unitarian Universalist Association and has served congregations in Yarmouth, Maine, and Brewster, Massachusetts. He is the author of Teacher, Guide, Companion: Rediscovering Jesus in a Secular World and Simply Pray: A Modern...

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