Culture of Care and Acceptance

The Seven Experiences only have the results we want where the people involved feel in their hearts they are cared for and accepted.  For instance, children need to feel cared for and accepted in a Sunday school class to allow the learning and positive, integrating changes of heart we hope for.  The same applies to groups of adults.

This feeling of being cared for and accepted is a form of trust.  We know trust usually takes time to grow, and cannot be hurried or commanded.  Growing trust is a change of heart.

So group leaders, when we are at our best, strive for a culture of care and acceptance in Unitarian Universalist groups.  We hope this culture will also flow into the broader life of our Unitarian Universalist congregations.  We aspire to this broader congregational culture of care and acceptance, knowing we may need to begin with the culture of smaller groups in a congregation.

Developing this culture of care and acceptance is on the way to realizing the broader vision of the Beloved Community within the congregation.