Note: This training was originally offered in a semester format in 2017.
This training by the Rev. Dr. Susan Ritchie provides a deep dive into one of the hottest conversational topics in today’s Unitarian Universalist world: our commitment to covenant.
Covenant: The Heart of our Polity
Why does covenant matter so much? A summary of current UU conversations; a quick refresher on the basics of congregational polity, where covenant is the central organizing principle; and a history of where it comes from.
The Theology of Covenant
From Robert Browne in the 16th century to James Luther Adams in the 20th, the theology behind covenant
A comparison contrast on the use of covenant in Unitarianism versus Judaism, the United Christ of Christ, and the Convention of Baptists. Also, why the Universalists weren’t covenantal.
From the Puritans to the Pirates—how covenantal theology and organization has manifested itself differently in different historical and cultural settings.
Covenant, Democracy, and Leadership
The relationship between congregational polity and American democracy; and what covenant has to say about the roles and responsibilities of leaders, both lay and clergy.
Current Practice and Future Vistas
How congregations currently work with covenants, and how the UUA might transform from a membership association to a covenanting one, in the very near future.