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Covenant of Respect

We as members of the First Church of Monson aspire to promote the Kingdom of God by helping to bring persons into a closer relationship with God and into a better relationship with each other.  We recognize that conflict and disagreement are normal and natural.  We must work toward a safe environment where differing viewpoints are welcomed, sought, heard, and accepted.  As followers of Jesus Christ, we promise to respect each other at all times in the following ways:

R      We will choose to forgive and

          respect one another as we are

          always forgiven by God.

          (Luke 11:4)


E      We will speak face-to-face, honestly

         with empathy when there is

         disagreement.  (Ephesians 4:15)
 

S      We will support the final outcome

         when we as a group arrive at a

         decision.  (1 Corinthians 1:10)       
 

P      We will approach all things

         prayerfully.

         (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
 

E      We will speak from our own

         personal experience, using “I”

         statements.  (1 Corinthians 3:16)    
 

C      We will ask an intermediary to be

         present to help us if we are unable

         to communicate with one

         another.  (Matthew 18:16)
 

T      We will listen with an open and

         non-judgmental mind and try as

         hard to understand as to be

         understood.  (Proverbs 4:7)

Adopted by Church Council, January 9, 2022 and the First Church Monson, February 6, 2022.

Based on the Covenant of Respect of Memorial Congregational Church, Sudbury, Massachusetts and used with permission.

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