Sacred Link 2
Category : Transitions
New ways of trust
Week 2 in a series of digital sacred conversations about HUCC’s covenant. Guidance by Rev. Marijke Rossi.
We will restate the purpose and the agreement each week.
The purpose in reviewing the covenant as sacred conversation and in this way at this time is to continue the conversation we started before the pandemic; online because we can no longer meet in person. It is a way that can be helpful and move us along in this process before the new senior pastor arrives. We pray that it will be useful and healing for all of us.
We shall start each one of these sessions with an extension of grace and a request for grace, along with the guidelines used for all sacred conversations at HUCC:
- We will listen as we read the content here and to others’ responses with respect, with discernment and without judgment.
- Let us respond in love and caring for one another.
- As we respond let us do so with “I” language to promote each person’s voice including our own.
I reached out to Rev. Erin Gilmore, Glen Brown and Rev. Bob von Trebra to get more information about when our Covenant and our Covenant of Membership were created. Pastor Bob replied that those documents were already in place when he was at HUCC. Glen wrote that the covenant was originally drafted in 2004-2005 when Jill Warner worked with us as an intentional interim. The idea was to create a behavioral covenant to guide the community through difficult times. Pastor Erin replied, “The membership covenant was adapted from various UCC churches and evolved over time during my tenure at Holladay.” Even though we all have had the opportunity to participate in being in this covenantal relationship it is helpful to understand its origins. It is also remarkable to me that this has been in place for so long without changes. I feel that this says so much about the care and wisdom that was put in to its creation.
Here is the second part of our covenant
With Gods help, we covenant with one another……. to learn new ways of trust.
I will learn to trust that other members of the congregation are capable of carrying out a project.
I will learn to trust that the leaders are making the best possible decision with the information given them.
I will learn to trust that the pastors have the best interest of the congregation in the forefront of all decisions made.
We had our congregational meeting recently and we voted on filling volunteer positions with people we trust to lead in boards/ministries. We delegate and trust that all of these individuals will have our best interest at heart. We believe this, not just because of bylaws set for those positions alone but because we are in covenant.
A trusted covenant
Trust is so difficult at times, especially when we have opinions about what should be done and those in leadership are making decisions that we don’t understand. The trust in our covenant does not mean we cannot ask questions of those making decisions. What it does do is require that we ask in a way that honors our relationship through kindness and unassuming grace.
As a pastor now and in the past a member of leadership in this community I welcome feedback, questions and dialogue about anything that is troubling to others. I also honor myself in the discussion and insist that the interaction is safe for all parties. Trust requires good healthy boundaries, which we will be addressing in the future.
Please ask whatever questions come up for you as you revisit the covenant you entered into as a member of HUCC. I invite us to reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The replies will help to inform the next phase of exploring our move forward.
Blessings, Pastor Marijke