Leadership Covenant Policy

Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura

January 16, 2014

  1. The Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura voted to approve as a church policy the following as a Leadership Covenant for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura:
  2. “Leadership in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura is a sacred trust, one we do not exercise alone. When we serve as a leader, be it as a committee member, a committee chair or a member of the Board of Trustees, we agree to be a part of the governance system of our church. We promise to listen and consider all viewpoints with an open mind and to make decisions within accepted democratic processes. Once a decision has been made, we go forward together, because the integrity of the process is more important than any single decision.”
  3. This Leadership Covenant applies to everyone serving in either a professional or a volunteer leadership position within UUCV. By accepting a Leadership position within UUCV, a person is voluntarily agreeing to this covenant.
  4. This Leadership Covenant will be shared with all current leaders of UUCV, and will be shared with anyone who is considering accepting a leadership position within UUCV.
  5. This Leadership Covenant will be publicly posted and will be available on the UUCV website.

Life Within Principles Policy

Approved by Board of Trustees – April 16, 2015

This is an overarching policy statement by the Board of Trustees. The Board expects that leadership and staff recognize and practice shared community values in all church activities, committee work and team work. These values will be considered by responsible parties for contracted services, programmatic activities and rentals.

The following sections represent the shared values of the church community.

Seven Principles

The Principles that the Member Congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association covenant to affirm and promote:

  1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
  3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
  4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society large;
  6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
  7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Welcoming Congregation

The UUCV Congregation is recognized by the UUA as a Welcoming Congregation. Being a Welcoming Congregation represents an important and defining value for our congregation. Church Leadership and Staff should adhere to practices consistent with the Congregation’s commitment as a Welcoming Congregation.

Green Sanctuary

The UUCV Congregation is recognized by the UUA as a Green Sanctuary. Green Sanctuary Status represents UUCV’s explicit commitment to the Seventh Principle and to sustainable practices. Church Leadership and Staff should adhere to practices consistent with the Seventh Principle and environmental sustainability. Church activities should reflect this commitment. Parties responsible for contracting work or purchasing materials for the church should recognize the priority of Green Sanctuary principles in their decision making process.

Use this link to the UUCV Policy Handbook and other policy documents, including the current 5-Year Plan.