December 4, 2016
Our Covenant for Healthy Relationships
Plymouth Church Seattle, UCC
Ephesians 4:3, “Make every effort to maintain the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.”
Preamble: We, the people of Plymouth Church United Church of Christ, seek to promote a community grounded in love, justice and the Holy Spirit. We acknowledge that conflict is a natural part of our life in the church and that God is present with us as we work and grow together. We, as a people of faith, seek ways to speak the truth and to agree and disagree in love.
As individuals and as a congregation, we will strive to…:
Start with gratitude and respect for one another and trust our mutually good intentions.
Communicate directly with one another to resolve conflicts.
Listen respectfully and compassionately for understanding.
Speak from our own experiences.
Resist the impulse to attack and blame.
Commit to working through conflict when it arises. Show up, both physically and spiritually. Engage and encourage others to engage.
Reach beyond our own interests and be open to other points of view.
Relinquish a culture of criticism. Accept imperfection.
Seek and offer forgiveness.
Commit to reconciliation and receiving grace.
Hold each other accountable to this covenant. Affirm and nurture our relationships for the long term.
This covenant is a living document. It can be reviewed and adapted by the congregation at any time. It represents a commitment to thoughtful, active participation in the life of this community; caring and respectful relationships with one another; and cooperative support for ministers, staff, lay leadership and volunteers.