Intention + Covenant = Consent

[Note: This reflection’s recording also contains voices of Reeb members recalling why we came, why we stayed, and how we participate in and benefit from our congregation.]

We’ve been hearing the language of “covenantal consent” as we review the new version of the COVID-19 Strategic Plan that our task force has been working on.  It’s a term that comes from the UUA, and a way to talk about building a culture of consent around our behavior and responses to COVID.  This morning, we’ll explore what it means and why the COVID Task Force has chosen to use it.

Share the Plate

  • Our Share the Plate recipient this week is Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice, an interfaith education and advocacy organization that works to bring awareness and advocate for systemic changes addressing the root causes of poverty, racial inequity, and social injustices in our state. Their programs have included interfaith community building, the Dane Sanctuary Coalition and poverty simulations.  

Order of Service

  • Gathering Song: #188 “Come, Come, Whoever You Are”
  • Centering Sound
  • Welcome
  • Prelude: “Listen To the Song in Your Heart” by Jason Shelton
  • Call to Worship
  • Opening Hymn: #348 “Guide My Feet”
  • Lighting the Chalice
  • Musical Response
  • Time for All Ages: “This Is Me,” Cover by One Voice Children’s Choir
  • Hymn: #123 “Fuente de Amor / Spirit of Life”
  • Wisdom from the World’s Traditions: “To the people who have mistaken freedom for liberation” by Theresa Ninán Soto, and “The Heart of Our Faith” by Monica Jacobson-Tennessen
  • Reflection: “Intention + Covenant = Consent” with Rev. Karen
  • Offering: “Our World Is One World” by Cecily Taylor
  • Joys and Sorrows
  • Closing Hymn: #95 “There Is More Love Somewhere”
  • Extinguishing the Chalice and Benediction
  • Postlude: “We’ll Get Through This,” by CocoaMint

Notes/Links from the Service

JRUUC Covenant of Right Relations

JRUUC & COVID-19 Page with many links

UUA’s page on Covenantal Consent

Musicians from today’s service