While covenant is also important in Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths, the covenant that Unitarian Universalists share is the one we make with one another, not with God. As Unitarian Universalists, we belong to a covenanted community of people and congregations who make commitments to certain agreed-upon values — our seven Unitarian Universalist Principles. In 1960, Unitarians and Universalists discussed, debated and compromised to articulate six Principles which members of both faiths could covenant together to affirm and promote as Unitarian Universalists.
It may help children understand "covenant" if we use the word interchangeably with "agreement" or "promise." In our younger classes, we refer to "promises" instead of "principles".
(adapted from Wonderful Welcome, a Tapestry of Faith program)
Here are photos of the covenants our young people have created for their classes this year.
For more thoughts on being together in covenanted relationship, click here to read this month's post by Rev. Meg Riley of the Church of the Larger Fellowship.