(To be voted on for approval at Congregational Meeting in May 2019)
Recognizing our power to heal, to help, and to hurt one another through word and deed we will:
- remember that how we do things is as important as what we do;
- strive always to act with compassion, empathy, and understanding of each other’s vulnerability; and,
- accept responsibility for our individual actions within the community.
Celebrating the diversity of age, background, personality, and thought in our congregation, we will:
- care for, celebrate, and teach our children;
- value the contribution of all generations, from the enthusiasm and questioning of the youngest to the wisdom and experience of the elders among us; and,
- remember always that relationship, inclusiveness, and the democratic process are part of our work together.
Understanding the importance of our faith community in our own lives and in the life of our community, we will:
- Listen with resilience, “hanging in” when we hear something that is difficult;
- endeavor at all times to speak kindly to each other and to listen with the expectation of good intentions on the part of those with whom we interact; and,
- recognize that reconciliation is preferred to walking away and agree to remain in relationship.