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Journey Toward Wholeness Transformation Committee Covenant

We, the members of the Journey Toward Wholeness Transformation Committee, enter into the spiritual work of anti-racism, anti-oppression, and multiculturalism grounded in the principles and values of our Unitarian Universalist faith, and covenant to:

  • recognize we are each and collectively "works in progress," and that there is no one "right answer";
  • speak our truth in constructive and civil ways;
  • enter the work in a spirit of humility and forgiveness and a willingness to make and accept mistakes;
  • recognize and affirm that we learn, process, and articulate in unique communication styles, considering how our communication style affects others
  • promote dialogue by listening to understand with an open heart and mind;
  • when possible, speak directly with persons with whom we have a concern or question, and if not able to do so, speak with one of the right relationship persons;
  • clearly state our needs for a response, input, assistance, clarification, break, and support to each other as soon as possible;
  • respond, give input, assist, clarify, offer a break or give support;
  • continue to learn more about the diverse perspectives of those who experience discrimination in our community;
  • assume the best of intentions from all committee members as we share in this work together;
  • commit to sharing responsibilities, attending meetings, honoring deadlines, and communicating/negotiating changes to the best of our ability;
  • model anti-oppressive behavior by participating in succinct and timely process observations;
  • maintain confidentiality—on developing reports, processing discussions and researching results;
  • recognize that the work we do together is sometimes difficult, and that our overall goal is to stay "at the table" together;
  • share equally proactive responsibility for the quality of the work and the quality of the relationships; and
  • acknowledge that this is a living document, reflecting our evolution and changes as a committee.

We recognize, affirm and honor the privilege of serving the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations as members of the Journey Toward Wholeness Transformation Committee.

Last revised May 2012.