Our Vision, Mission and Covenant Statements

In March, 2005, members of our Society met to brainstorm our Vision, Mission, and Covenant for our church. Volunteer “wordsmiths” put our brainstormed hopes and dreams into three statements. The congregation met in focus groups to “dot Is and cross Ts.” Following is the result of our efforts (which are also framed in the hallway of our Parish House).

Our Vision Statement

The people of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Fairhaven envision an energetic, compassionate community committed to living with deep respect and caring for each other and the world. Therefore,

  • We strive for deeper fellowship and spirituality within the church and we see our membership growing
  • We endeavor to have abundant financial resources, so that we can achieve our mission and program goals
  • We challenge each other to the lifelong pursuit of spiritual, intellectual, and personal growth
  • We call young adult UU’s to make this church community their spiritual home where all can thrive in the freedom of our religious principles
  • We seek the spirit in the natural rhythms of the earth and promote the conservation of its precious resources and beauty
  • We respectfully preserve the architectural gifts of our benefactor, Henry Huttleston Rogers, for these gifts are a physical reminder of the generosity we desire to emulate
  • We aspire to improve communication to expand and spread the message of Unitarian Universalism within and beyond our community, as evangelists for justice, peace and compassion in the world

Our Mission Statement

The people of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Fairhaven form a vibrant, compassionate and safe spiritual community that:

  • Welcomes and affirms diversity among people, beliefs, and backgrounds
  • Encourages free religious expression and lifelong learning
  • Nurtures and supports individuals and families
  • Lives out our values and principles
  • Promotes peace and social justice in the world
  • Celebrates our lives together through worship and music, with reverence and connectedness to the universe

Our Covenant

The people of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Fairhaven covenant together to be guided by love in all our words and actions. Therefore, within the congregation we endeavor to:

  • Speak the truth with love
  • Listen deeply without interruption
  • Trust in good faith and intention, and speak well of one another
  • Take responsibility to create a community of encouragement, compassion and hospitality
  • Respect differences in belief, age, race, gender, sexual orientation, and personality
  • Support the congregation, its activities, and the care-taking of the church with our time, talent and treasure
  • Make decisions democratically
  • Include spiritual practices in all church meetings