The Good Relations Ministry is dedicated to support the congregation in fostering good relations and well-being in our congregation. Please contact any one of our members – Lisl Auf der Heide, Elaine Harbison, Jim Ross or Laurette Valentine – to let us know your concerns or suggestion and to ensure that Live Oak UU congregation continues to be a safe and welcoming community.
We, the members and friends of this congregation, value:
· Inclusivity, opening our hearts and minds to those who have traveled journeys unlike ours, whose strengths and challenges may be different from ours, remembering that we are all precious, with our own special gifts to offer.
· Relationships with others of all ages, and the gifts that each generation brings to our community.
· A safe place to make mistakes.
· A welcoming space for all to speak their truth respectfully.
· The importance of deep listening and respect for each other.
· The democratic process, through which we give voice to concerns and offer our time and energy to arrive at solutions
Covenant of Good Relations
In my interactions with others in this congregation, through all forms of communication and in all situations, I will:
· Welcome with an open heart and mind those who respect our values and wish to call LOUUC their spiritual home, seeking their own path to truth and meaning.
· Express opinions on congregational issues with the intention of helping to make this congregation a better place for myself, Live Oak members and friends, and those who have yet to cross the threshold into our beloved community.
· Value and learn from divergent beliefs and opinions and remain in respectful dialogue.
· Speak honestly and directly to everyone using thoughtful, compassionate language.
· Assume good intentions in those with whom I disagree. If possible, listen deeply to and seek resolution with them before engaging the Good Relations Ministry in conflict mediation. I understand that I may call on the members of the Good Relations Ministry for advice and assistance as needed.
· Forgive the errors and shortcomings of myself and others who contribute to our shared ministry and express gratitude for the many gifts we bring.