Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Circle of Trees: A Multigenerational Program about Nourishing Deep Connections with Nature

Activity 3: Creating Our Covenant

Part of Circle of Trees

Activity time: 10 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Newsprint, markers, and tape

Preparation for Activity

  • Post a blank sheet of newsprint where all participants can see it, and write "Our Covenant" at the top.

Description of Activity

Participants create a group covenant. Point out that how we behave affects everyone in the group, which is another example of interdependence. Like lighting a chalice, creating a group covenant is another common ritual in UU gatherings. Explain that a covenant is an agreement people make with each other.


  • What do you think will make our time together safe, fun, and productive?
  • How do you think we should act when we are together?

Record responses on newsprint. Ask for a quick vote, and check or circle the items on which all participants agree.

Note: This activity is meant to be brief. Do your best to quickly resolve any differences of opinion that arise, seek compromise, and move on.

Including All Participants

Encourage all participants to speak up and be heard.