The Community Church of Chapel Hill UU (Chapel Hill, NC) 6626
As Unitarian Universalists, we covenant, congregation-to-congregation and through our association, to support and assist one another in our ministries. We draw from our heritages of freedom, reason, hope, and courage, building on the foundation of love. Love is the power that holds us together and is at the center of our shared values. We are accountable to one another for doing the work of living our shared values through the spiritual discipline of Love.
I really like and appreciate this section, particularly the ways in which Love is lifted up as the power that binds us. It reminds me of the Unitarian and Universalist covenants “Love is the spirit of this church” Vila Blake) “Love is the doctrine of this church” (Williams) which are so similar to each other, each expressing values of truth, and service. I pause to wonder, though, in what way are we held accountable for living our shared values? Perhaps there should be more clarity here. Or it might say something like “We covenant together to provide mutual support in the work of living our shared values through the spiritual discipline of Love.”
If I am to be held accountable, don’t I need to know how much of what I am expected to do, by when, and also to whom I am required to report? Some of the people in my church discussion group felt quite offended by this section–it seemed to them to be saying " If you don’t do a good enough job of living UU values than you don’t belong." Others felt we are unlikely to start policing one another’s spiritual discipline, but that the notion of being held accountable is meaningless if there are no evaluation procedures and no consequences.
See above–I have talked about the Universalist and Unitarian heritages of Love as the spirit/doctrine of our church" in the class and the discussion group at my church. Listening to the discussion at my church is what got me thinking about the accountability issue.