A few years ago we sought to establish a covenant to guide our relationships at MCC. Our "Covenant of Respect" is meant for all interactions but it's especially useful during times of conflict and stress. It helps to focus our attention on God, to recognize the divine in others, and to open our hearts with genuine curiosity. It's always available at MCCsudbury.org but also summarized below in the hopes that it will assist you in the coming days and weeks.
We will approach all things in prayer. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
We will speak from our own personal experience. (1 Corinthians 3:16)
We will speak face-to-face, honestly and without rancor when there is disagreement. (Ephesians 4:15)
We will listen with an open and non-judgmental mind and try as hard to understand as to be understood. (Proverbs 4:7)
If we are unable to effectively communicate with each other, we will ask a third party to be present to assist us. (Matthew 18:16)
We will support the final outcome of the decision-making process. (1 Corinthians 1:10)
As forgiven people, we will choose to forgive one another. (Luke 11:4)