Our open and welcoming congregation connects hearts, challenges minds and nurtures spirits, while serving and transforming our community and the world.
Our Core Values
Connection, Inspiration, Compassion, and Justice express who we are and guide what we do.
Recognizing we are individuals who need one another, we nurture individual search for meaning as we work together for freedom, justice and love.
We promise to:
- Share the ministry of our congregation through our gifts of time, talent and money;
- Care for and support each other;
- Celebrate our intentional diversity with joy and gratitude;
- Attend to our differences with openness, compassion and trust;
- Create healing by listening and speaking in the spirit of love;
- Be steadfast in support of our community in times of disagreement;
- Strive to live our Unitarian Universalist principles and congregational mission.
Our life together declares that the future of each depends on the good of all and the future of all depends on the good of each.
Our Ends Statements
Our Ends grow from our values: Connection, Inspiration, Compassion, Justice.
Connection and Inspiration . . .
- We create a vibrant spiritual environment where children, youth and adults develop and articulate their faith identity.
- We support our children and youth in their moral and spiritual development.
- We sustain our congregation with our generous gifts of time, talent and money.
Compassion . . .
- We create a community where people of all ages and backgrounds experience belonging, and feel loved and needed.
- We nurture relationships across generations.
- We support and sustain each other in times of need and celebration.
Justice . . .
- We challenge and support one another to put our values into action.
- We commit to practice and partner in the work of environmental and social justice, serving as a wellspring of hope.
Respecting Each Other: A Community Covenant
As Unitarian Universalists we agree to respect everyone as part of our First Principle. In order to do our best to respect everyone (including elders, children of all ages, and differently-abled people) so that we all feel welcome and safe together, we agree to the following:
- We will be polite and speak kindly to everyone.
- Children under the age of 11 must be supervised and in sight of their parent (or supervising adult) at all times. This means that whenever an apparently unsupervised child is discovered, they should be able to immediately respond to the question, “who is your person?”
- No running inside any building.
- Whenever we light a chalice we create sacred space; space that holds our best hopes and invites our best selves. Out of respect for the person lighting the chalice and our community, we pay attention to that person and participate as they ask us to participate. That could mean being silent or it could mean speaking, singing, or participating in a ritual created for the occasion.
- No young people under the age of 18 may congregate or play outside when it is dark, unless a supervising adult is present.
- Whenever we gather, we will leave the area cleaner than we found it.
- If something is broken or damaged, it should be reported to the event leader or church administrator as soon as possible.
Permission for Community Parenting is part of this covenant. As a trusting church community we give one another permission to sensitively redirect behavior that any reasonable adult considers dangerous, disrespectful or in violation of this covenant when the parent is temporarily distracted. As parents we will gracefully accept reminders that our children need more direct supervision.
Note: Parents have full responsibility for their children when children are not in class or in supervised childcare. They may enlist a supervising adult when the parent is unable to supervise their own children for a finite time period but the parent still bears full responsibility. For children in supervised childcare, in order to be considered under the supervision of childcare staff that child
must be signed into childcare by a parent.