We come together to deepen our spiritual experience and philosophical understanding, grow a vital, nurturing community, and act on our values in the wider world.
To equip ourselves to live out this mission in a vibrant way, we use two documents to guide our interactions with one another: "When We Are Together" and "When We Disagree."
We summarize how we want to live in community in this way:
When We Are Together
Guidelines for positive and thoughtful engagement at UUCV
As we work together in community, in groups small and large, we affirm the following:
• We are respectful.
◌ We speak always with respect. Always.
◌ We respect, yet do not idolize, past efforts and established traditions.
◌ We honor our agreement to start and end on time.
• We are attentive.
◌ We listen attentively and allow others to finish expressing themselves.
◌ We allow one person at a time to speak, so all can listen.
◌ We do not engage in sidebar conversations.
• We are engaged.
◌ We actively encourage the participation of all committee/group members, seeking ways to draw out the best in each person – while also honoring everyone's right not to speak at any given time.
◌ We ask clarifying questions in a straight-forward and respectful manner as a way to deepen our understanding.
◌ We honor the integrity of our togetherness, and, when necessary, we ask for a "time out" to raise a concern about the quality of our interaction.
• And we are human, accepting one another's imperfections and enjoying one another's company.
Our togetherness is a responsibility, and a privilege, we all share.