The First Pillar: Covenant
Unitarian Universalism is a covenantal, not a creedal, faith. Living together in a covenant that is based in our highest and deepest core values is how we practice our religion. We must come to a place as individuals and as communities where we can call each other back to covenant and allow our sacred agreements to open us to ongoing revelation. When we really bring our covenants to life, we bring more love into the world and we are practicing our religion. In our Braveheart circles, we agree to be together faithfully by incarnating Unitarian Universalism through our covenant.
The Braveheart Covenant
As a member of a Braveheart Circle, we promise to each other and the Holy, to:
Listen deeply from our hearts, without interruption, judgement, advice, or opinion.
Share honestly our own stories as we are moved, speaking only for ourselves and from our own experience
Hold the silence of reflection for each other, until the Holy moves us to speak
Maintain trust through confidentiality
Support each other with affirmation as we explore our lives and our Faith
Ask for what we need
Respect each other’s time and lives outside the group by beginning and ending on time
Complete all work for the course, including all reading, reflection, journaling, and spiritual practice, and show up even when that doesn’t happen