Building The Mission Peak UU Covenant

The Committee on Ministry (with Drew Wilson and Rev. Barbara Meyers) has been using the 20-21 program year to help the Mission Peak Community develop a covenant.  Forging a covenant describing the intentional ways members aspire to be in relationship with one another is a practice that most Unitarian Universalist Congregations use and which Mission Peak has intended to put in place for some time.  

In late August, Drew Wilson, who had committed to working with Rev. Jo Green on helping the community forge a covenant, preached a sermon on the idea of covenant.  Newly settled minister, Rev. Greg Ward, also preached a sermon in September on covenant.  

In October, Rev. Greg, along with Drew Wilson and the Committee on Ministry, took on the goal of helping the church to explore and build the long awaited covenant.  On Nov 22, they held a congregational conversation exploring the idea and asking the congregation to imagine the ideal communities they’ve been part of and imagining what kind of routine relational practices MPUUC would need to commit to in order to reach those ideals.  

The Committee on Ministry took this feedback and identified 10 frequently mentioned ideals within the conversation.  They presented these as The Top Ten Emergent Properties.  An emergent property is the kind of character the community forges and becomes known after it broadly, consistently and reliably exhibits behaviors consistent with that character.  

The Committee on Ministry also looked at typical agreements found within almost all Unitarian Universalist Covenants.  They looked at 60 different covenants and listed the statements and removed the redundancy.  They boiled these down to the Most Common 23 Covenant Statements.  

On January 10, The Committee on Ministry hosted a second Congregational Conversation where it asked members and friends to do two things: (1) identify the top 4 Emergent Properties most appropriate for Mission Peak; and (2) identify the specific kind of Covenant Statements that would most likely help us to embody those Top 4 Emergent Properties.  

The feedback (both – what people shared about the Emergent Properties and Covenant Statements most appropriate for Mission Peak – and – about the process the Committee used to get that feedback) offered helpful insight.  

The Committee on Ministry was impressed that the feedback showed significant statistical preference for the top 4 Emergent Properties of the 10 originally discovered.  The Committee than worked to define and unpack these Top 4 Emergent Properties more fully.  It also was brought to the Committee’s attention that there was not enough time during the conversation, nor opportunity to sufficiently review the 23 Covenant Statements, to be able to identify people’s top choices.  

The Committee responded in late January by creating the Congregational Covenant Survey which asked members and friends to study the top 4 Emergent Properties more clearly and confirm their preference as well as to study the top 23 Covenant Statements and indicate which they believe speak most directly to MPUUCs aspirations, intentions and need.   

On Saturday morning, February 6 at 9:30, eight people joined the Committee on Ministry to hear the Committee’s findings on the results of the survey and dive a little deeper into what Covenantal Statements seem the best fit for Mission Peak.  The Data collected regarding which of the Possible 23 statements resonated for Mission Peak (and why) is captured in this Feb 6 Conversation Data Spreadsheet.  This data is summarized in the Feb 6 Covenant Conversation Summary.

The Committee on Ministry is Colleen Arnold, Terri King, Alan Davis and Rev. Greg Ward.