The United Covenant Union
We are The United Covenant Union. Our members are homeless families, renters, informal workers. senior citizens, immigrants, returners, students. laborers and clergy. Our union is grounded in covenant, we are committed to each other, and we commit ourselves to the enterprise of projecting divine goodness into our communities to bring about justice in public affairs.
These are our values:
We believe that God is love. Yet, we are humble and wise enough to admit that we don't entirely know what this means. We accept that God speaks and appears to each of us differently, some of us struggle to hear God, some of us see God in everything. Others of us question whether God is real. We are a people from many faiths. We will argue about the nature of God, and we may find more questions than answers. Yet despite this, we know that we are not alone. There is this sense of connection that calls us do all the good we can, with all the time we can.
We believe that power is "the ability to make a change," and that using power to advance the cause of justice is holy and sacred. Each of us have the potential to be leaders, and when we have the chance to grow, form, act,and lead others into action we become the vessel of God's love in our communities.
We believe that no one is helpless, or should be left to feel helpless; we believe that "doing with" is a whole lot better than "doing for." Those who have felt the sting of injustice understand best how to make progress, and they should be actively part of creating a fairer politics, economy and society.
We believe that all of us are laborers, and that our labor is holy. Each of us are keepers of the village, and so when one of us is injured, we all become injured. We are bound together, we are part of each other; and therefore we must be in each other's corner to ensure that the fruits of our labor may be reaped in the harvest.
We believe that repairing what is broken is the most virtuous way of engaging in public life. The Jewish mantra "tikkun olam" means "to repair the world." As humans, and as children of the beloved, we are called to enter into the arena to repair the brokeness in our communities so that we might create a community, and a nation in God's likeness.
"I’ve also heard the cry of grief of the Israelites, whom the oppressors have turned into slaves, and I’ve remembered my covenant. Therefore, say to the Israelites, ‘I am the Lord. I’ll bring you out from forced labor. I’ll rescue you from your slavery to them. I’ll set you free with great power and with momentous events of justice. I’ll take you as my people, and I’ll be your God. You will know that I, the Lord, am your God, who has freed you from forced labor."