The following Vision and Mission statements of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York were approved and adopted at the Congregational Meeting held on September 27, 2020:
VISION UUCY aspires to: ● Provide a welcoming and safe spiritual haven for all individuals and families ● Serve the community at large by helping those in need in partnership with other like-minded organizations ● Lead as a progressive voice for justice, peace, and love MISSION UUCY’s mission is to be a transformational faith community that: ● Serves the religious and spiritual needs of a wide and diverse group of people ● Earns recognition as a leader in the work of social justice ● Guides our children to become more engaged global citizens
Developing a Covenant of Right Relations is an important step in clarifying expectations and creating a safe environment for congregations. "Covenant" is Latin for "come together" and means a "solemn agreement" or "promise from the heart" regarding a course of action between parties.
UUCY began its first congregational covenant initiative in February this year. Developing a Covenant of Right Relations is an important step in clarifying expectations and creating a safe environment for congregations. "Covenant" is Latin for "come together" and means a "solemn agreement" or "promise from the heart" regarding a course of action between parties.
As members and friends of this congregation with a common purpose to nurture each other in our religious community, we hereby covenant:
To welcome everyone who comes to UUCY who is on an honest and responsible spiritual quest or search for community.
To treat one another and ourselves with respect and dignity, articulating our personal boundaries when the need arises, and being mindful of confidentiality, and the imperfections and fragilities of every person.
To speak directly to each other with loving kindness when disagreement arises or we witness inappropriate behavior or disrespectful interactions.
To listen deeply and respond respectfully to all voices regardless of age.
To focus our discussions on ideas, issues and solutions, rather than people or finding blame.
To be accountable for our words, actions and commitments.
To be mindful of others’ time and commitments, including ministers, staff and volunteers.
To remember that building our beloved community requires active participation.
To be grateful for this community and its purpose, reminding everyone of their worth by celebrating, sharing and laughing.
To trust the process, accepting and supporting our leadership and group decisions while acknowledging that we may not always agree.
Accepting and respecting that there are differences among us, to trust in the inherent good faith of each person.
To practice forgiveness with ourselves and each other, while continuing to create an atmosphere where all can feel safe.