As people of faith and faithful promises – that is, people pledged to a covenant – there are many changes we can make. Some of the ideas I will name here arose from social media conversations. Some of them are mine; some originated from others who gave me permission to share them here; all of them are the work of collaboration.
Today’s connected age expects both transparency and accountability in our institutions. It is easy to share documents and build databases. Transparency can build not only trust, but improve resources, information flow, and application development. The ministry that needs to be done requires all of us and all our gifts and participation.
Covenant - Democracy
The Unitarian Universalist Association’s General Assembly has started using tools to ensure better democratic practice.
- We have many more opportunities for direct democracy, from videoconferencing to live voting.
- We need to vote and discuss directly issues that really matter.
- We have work ahead to continue in order to ensure lots of roof for, and solidarity with, historically oppressed peoples. Digital media can help us.
Many of us are familiar with Accountability Teams, who model right relationship, living in solidarity, and helping us attend to and repair broken relationships. In our connected age, we still can benefit from the help of coaches and exemplars like Accountability Teams. But we are all on the accountability team of life.
There are none of us who do not need to attend to how we are relating to one another and this planet. We have all inherited terrible inequities and wrongs that need addressing and repair. We have all left folks out or been left out. Many of us have been barred or disregarded so frequently and so thoroughly, we have stopped trying. When the rest of us meet that disconnection, reconnection is up to us.
We bear responsibility for one another, no exceptions.
Covenant - Transparency
Faith leadership is connective and transparent.
- May all of us engage in regular social media practice as inspiration engines and invite participation in our faithful labors.
- We can stream and provide transcripts for important meetings, and provide timely and easy access to agendas and reports.
- We can crowd source many new projects.
- We can use social social media to engage, especially with underrepresented groups, and to inspire.
If our covenant - our faithful promises - really means anything, then how we fulfill those promises and practice our covenant together matters. Today’s digital tools can help us, but only if we really want to live with integrity. I certainly hope we choose that course of wholeness, though it be challenging and even scary, since creative, risky faithfulness will grow from it.