This is the 3rd part of a 6-part series.

The second stone that articulates UU DNA is that our relationships must be free and mutual, not coercive.

The word freedom is a tricky one. One kind of freedom is libertarian, what I like to describe as: “You are not the boss of me!”

The freedom of Unitarian Universalism is in the context of our covenantal relationships—with one another and with the divine. It is freedom coupled with responsibility.

Our freedom must be mutual. One cannot flourish at the expense of another. We set limits and expectations and hold ourselves and each other accountable to them. We articulate our shared aspirations in our mission and labor together to achieve them. At our best we forgo selfish motives and work to create our vision of the Beloved Community. This ethic provides the foundation of the Our Whole Lives (OWL)  program. But it also implicit in all of our covenantal relationships.

About the Author
Rev. Renee Ruchotzke
Leadership Development Consultant, Central East Regional Group (CERG) of the UUA. I have a vision of Unitarian Universalist congregations being led by thousands of diverse, spiritually mature and passionate people ready and willing to spread the good news of liberal religion.  I believe ministry is best when shared between lay and professional leaders. More information about me can be found on the UUA website.