"Covenant” is the theme for us in October. This is an ancient word used to describe a mutual understanding and commitment. The Israelites felt that they had a covenant with their God, but the term is even older, referring to treaties between nations. Unitarian Universalist congregations are also covenantal: we covenant with each other to create community and to treat each other with love and respect. Of course, we also break covenants, and so covenants are understood as living commitments that can be renewed after they are broken. What are the covenants and treaties that shape our lives? How do we honor them? When they are damaged, how do we heal?
In keeping with our October theme of Covenant, this Sunday will be our New Members Sunday, when new members of TRUU sign our membership book and are welcomed into covenant. We will join together in welcoming them, and we will explore the nature of belonging and membership in a Unitarian Universalist congregation. As I heard someone ask once, “How are we different from the Kiwanis Club”? Come find out!