Elioteers who are part of UU congregations are likely already familiar with the concept of covenant—a promise we make to each other about how we want to be when we come together in community. Though many people already think of Eliot as an intentional community, we don’t actually have a covenant that articulates this intentionality. So, the Board is working on developing an Eliot covenant, along with mechanisms for restoring trust with each other when things go awry, which they occasionally do. This draft covenant represents our work in that direction. We have used camper feedback provided through Zoom calls, SurveyMonkey, and individual conversations to revise the initial draft (first presented in April 2018). The Board made final changes to this draft at its April meeting and will present the covenant for camper approval in conjunction with the Board elections that take place this summer (at camps and by email for Winter Eliot campers).

Draft Eliot Covenant--May 2019

We, the Eliot community, are committed to creating and maintaining a safe and supportive environment for all campers, volunteers, and the Eliot and Seabeck staff.

As we gather in an intentional, inclusive community, we promise to:

  • Bring our best selves to Eliot.
  • Build a vibrant, multicultural community where all feel welcomed.
  • Volunteer and contribute to the community experience we jointly create.
  • Create an environment that supports each person’s unique spiritual journey.

Because we affirm and promote the Unitarian Universalist values of kindness, compassion, and respect for one another and the Earth, we promise to:

  • Consider the diverse perspectives and experiences that individuals bring to Eliot.
  • Listen deeply to appreciate other people’s needs and points of view.
  • Express our own emotions and differences with respect and compassion.
  • Act with consideration for others and the community as a whole.
  • Treat the grounds, buildings, plants, and wildlife with respect and minimize our impact.

Recognizing that making mistakes and engaging in conflict will happen and can contribute to individual and community growth, we promise to:

  • Make an effort to resolve conflicts and repair relationships constructively and in a direct and caring manner.
  • Seek and offer forgiveness.
  • Ask for help and support from Eliot leadership, if needed.  

Together, we are and we make Eliot a loving community.

 Short version for reading out loud:

We, the Eliot community, are committed to creating and maintaining a safe and supportive environment for all campers, volunteers, and the Eliot and Seabeck staff. We promise to:

  • Create an inclusive and welcoming community for all.
  • Affirm and promote the UU values of kindness, compassion, and respect for one another and the Earth.
  • Recognize that we all make mistakes and be generous with forgiveness.

Together, we are and we make Eliot a loving community.