What is your suggestion or idea?
Instead of “We covenant…” I suggest “We aspire…”
What is the reason for your amendment idea?
Covenants are promises. Promises are antithetical to a liberal faith–they feel dogmatic and creedal. In the proposed document, we are covenanting to make changes in the world that are impossible to fulfill.
If these are promises, what happens to a person if they are not fulfilled? Does someone get to judge them? Who? On what basis? Is there a punishment? This threatens our belief in the democratic process and Freedom of Belief.
Instead of covenants, which motivate through obligation, we would be better served with stated aspirations, which motivate as spiritual goals.
Have you discussed this idea with your congregation or other UUs?
I have discussed this language with several people in my congregation. It is unanimous that use of covenants as proposed does not feel consistent with our Freedoms of Belief and Conscience, and opens the door to being applied in an authoritarian, anti-democratic manner.