Covenant and Community

Covenant and Community

As Unitarian Universalists we don’t work from a single sacred text or share a singular belief.  We operate within a larger framework shaped by our belonging to the earth and living within the greater mystery of the universe, but it is an expansive frame that allows for multiple spiritual perspectives.

In practical terms, our congregations are organized by polity, each congregation is an independent entity that makes its own decisions. We are linked with other congregations across Canada through our participation in our denominational body, the Canadian Unitarian Council.

As we have no hierarchy or external authority, Unitarian Universalists often describe themselves as covenantal communities, that is, we come together freely but make promises to one another about how to be together as a spiritual community. We often make covenants, such as in our theme groups, about how we want to treat one another. Many UU congregations have a community covenant.

Unitarian minister Frederic Muir describes five ways that a covenant can support and facilitate clear expectations and deepening of relationships in a congregation. A covenant

is a statement of agreement about how congregants choose to be in relationship with each other. When they live by these statements, they are modeling their Unitarian Universalist values for each other, their children, and the wider community.

comprises of promises, not rules. Unlike rules, promises are discussed, lived, broken, and renewed. Promises and commitments describe how we wish to live together as a faith community, knowing that if these promises don’t work, the congregation may choose to rewrite them.

is a framework of expectations. Virtually every context we enter has behavior expectations. Our congregations should be no different; in fact, given the reason that we come together—to create a Beloved Community—clear expectations are vital.

is about behavior, not personality. Behavior that encourages, nurtures, and supports our “free and responsible search for truth and meaning” is important to the life of the faith community, not the qualities that have shaped and show a person’s character.

offers an opportunity to explore and deepen our spirituality. Promises made to others in a faith community and the relationships that can form from such a practice can strengthen and broaden commitment in deliberate, intentional, and disciplined ways.


The Committee on Ministry is working to create a community covenant for the Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga.  This covenant will focus on how we want to be together, developing clear expectations around behaviour. It is our hope that this will be a living document, used by the board and committees to help us work well together.  


Blessings,

Fiona

Summer Services

Summer service at Unitarian Congregation in MississaugaSummer Services

UCM is at rest during the three long weekends. With no services on holiday weekends, members and friends are given the gift of freedom, no volunteers are needed!

For the rest of the summer, we will have salon services led by the worship team. These are more intimate gatherings set up as a circle, typically without music.

Families are always welcome at UCM, the alcove will be set up as usual with activities for children. There will be no nursery.

 July 2   No Service
 July 9  Caitlyn Seale Summer Musings
 July 16  Judy Benger Living Our Principles

 July 23


 

 John Rowell

 

 

The Catholic in Me, What's in You?  The continuing
influences of a Roman Catholic background 50 years
later as a Unitarian, with a talk-back opportunity for
others to share what they feel are the lasting
influences of their childhood religion.
 July 30  Tammy Christiansen Tiny Houses
 August 6   No Service
 August 13  Larry Rawlinson What the 2015/16 and 2016/17 Theme Ministry
program meant to me.  And to you??   A brief Reflection/Discussion.
 August 20  Fiona Heath Question Box - Bring your questions! Rev. Fiona
will answer your questions of philosophy, theology
and life as provided during the service. We’ll also
break into small groups for conversation.
 August 27  Fiona Heath Summer Surprise - Expect the unexpected!
Join Rev. Fiona for anunusual service - it may be
the topic, it may be the style of service.
Come and find out.
 September 3           
               
                                              No Service


Fellowship Hour

Following our regular Sunday Services, we gather to enjoy coffee and conversation.  UCM is proud to serve Fair Trade Coffee from Birds and Beans each Sunday. Once a month we have a Pay What You Can Fellowship lunch.

If you are interested in helping with cofee or lunches, anything from clearing or setting tables to heading one up, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .    In exchange for your time, you will be rewarded with great food, conversations and, for all clean-up crew, an end of year surpise reward.   

New coffee servers are alway welcome.  If you'd like to join a coffee team, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and Wendy Shusterman will find you a place to offer devoted service (of caffine and goodies).

If you have food allergy concerns, please do not hestiate to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    We are a nut-free facility and encourage labelling of common ingredients (eggs, dairy, meat, fish and shellfish, etc) to facilitate choice and health of all members and friends.

 

Sunday Services

Although each week may follow a different Order of Service, this is what you can expect in a typical Sunday morning occurs as below.

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Lost Unto This World

Lost Unto This World

December 7th, 2014           Rev. Fiona Heath

In 1989 I was at Queen’s University doing a Bachelor’s of Education. I was in the elementary division, in a class of about 30 women and 3 men. In December we were finishing up classes and working on essays.

On the 6th of December, 1989 no one walked into my class and said “I hate feminists”. No one accused us of taking away jobs from men. No one walked in and took aim at the women. This was not true at the Engineering Department of Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal.

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