November 26, 2015
5654 Ralston Street
Ventura, CA 93003
(805) 644-3898

Our Right Relations Covenant

Loving Kindness:
I promise to:

     Reach out and include others, especially newcomers, in conversations, church functions, and social events
     Honor the different levels of commitment of both time and money that folks make to our congregation
     Respect confidentiality
     Trust that the basic motives of our members are positive
     Maintain a sense of humor

I promise to:

     Own my feelings, opinions, and biases by making "I" statements
     Avoid making assumptions and generalizations about the beliefs of others
     Create and maintain an atmosphere, which invites feedback and allows everyone to speak
     Provide honest, up-front feedback at all times

I promise to:

     Listen with respect and without interruption to the ideas, beliefs, and feelings of others
     Avoid being distracted by anger or an agenda to persuade, debate or win
     Keep lines of communication direct and open

Forward Movement:
I promise to:

     Accept decisions reached when all views have been heard
     Remain committed to our church community regardless of these decisions

I support and trust our church community to:

     Respect differences
     Create and maintain a safe place to disclose fears and concerns
     Discuss these in the most supportive manner
     Examine previous opinions and assumptions with fresh eyes and openness to change
     Remain aware of the common hopes, fears, and needs inherent in our humanity

Anonymous Criticism:
We covenanted together not to pass on anonymous criticism: If someone has a criticism, we will ask them if they have taken it directly to the appropriate person or committee.  If they have not, we will offer to go with them to do that or let them know that the Committee on Ministry will assist.  If they decline, we, as a last resort, will offer to take their criticism with their name.  If they decline, we will let it drop and we will not repeat it.

Our thanks to Susan Bronn, Liz Ellenberger, Katherine Gooding, and Nick Williams, the committee of scribes who compiled the work we produced that evening.

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