Cooperative Relationships
Governance for Congregations, Congregational Polity
Our congregations can be strengthened through relationships with others. There are many models of cooperation, both through the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and districts and increasingly through a variety of other programs. We recommend recovenanting as a process for examining these relationships.
  1. ". . . Churches and fellowships learn from each other's successes and failures. . . . Actively sharing in the community of autonomous congregations deepens belief in the value of the Unitarian Universalist (UU) movement as a whole."
  2. ". . . The Association [should] place greater emphasis on moving promptly toward a more consultative role to foster and nourish a wide array of cooperative undertakings among congregations."
  3. "If all congregations were expected to join in a formal recovenanting process [with the UUA] periodically—every five years, for example—. . . such a process would help to enhance the sense of belonging to the larger movement." [See also Recommendation 3.]


  • In what ways does your (our) congregation relate to other UU congregations?
  • In what ways have you learned from, supported or been supported by, other congregations?
  • How could these relationships be strengthened?
  • How would you benefit?
  • Do you feel a sense of belonging to a larger movement?
  • What gives you that sense?
  • What does the "UUA" mean to you? ( Possible responses include headquarters, all congregations, all UU individuals, all kindred spirits, etc.)