Mission, Vision, and Behavioral Covenant

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Binghamton

Our Mission Statement: 
We offer a spiritual home where we EXPLORE, celebrate and cherish our interconnectedness; ENCOURAGE growth and transcendence and ACT with justice and compassion. 

Our Unitarian Universalist Vision: Our Congregation will become a beacon in the larger community, demonstrating our Unitarian Universalist values and principles through our actions. We will embrace a diversity of people, inspiring us all to think of the world in new ways. As we explore different perspectives and share our freedom to think and feel, we will work together with others for social and environmental justice. Celebrating our differences and the whole of life, we will foster personal and spiritual growth to help people become their best selves.

Our Behavioral Covenant: Rather than creeds, we have covenants – promises of how we will be with each other and support one another. No test of faith or belief is required to join our community. Instead we gather around a promise of how we will treat each other as expressed in the behavioral covenant.

In our relationships with one another, we covenant

  • to interact with one another directly, with respect, honesty, and kindness.
  • to welcome diversity, and to respect the unique gifts each individual brings to our congregation.
  • to ask ourselves before we speak, “Is what I’m about to say true, kind, and necessary?”

In our relationship with our congregational community, we covenant

  • to help one another, and to let one another know when we would like help.
  • to provide for and to care for our spiritual home.

In recognition of our common humanity, we covenant 

  • to practice patience, forgiveness, and understanding.
  • to recommit ourselves regularly to our covenant.

Unitarian Universalist Principles

We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

The living tradition which we share draws from many sources:

  • Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
  • Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
  • Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
  • Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
  • Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit.
  • Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

Grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and ennobles our faith, we are inspired to deepen our understanding and expand our vision. As free congregations we enter into this covenant, promising to one another our mutual trust and support.