We are living in a time of harsh political discourse and conflict. As Unitarians and humanists, we at the First Unitarian Society (FUS) value our interconnectedness and believe in the worth and dignity of every person. We want a world in which it is possible to acknowledge conflict and address it in ways that strengthen our ties to one another and allow for growth in us all. To create a world where this can be true, we need to start with ourselves and our community.
We know that differences of opinion and conflict are normal in any community, including FUS. But sometimes a relationship is harmed by conflict or perceived conflict. And sometimes we make mistakes. We believe the entire community benefits when we intentionally support both restoring right relations after conflict and communicating in ways that prevent harm.
To that end, FUS has created the Right Relations Team to serve everyone in the FUS community. The team consists of volunteers who have relevant experience, such as conflict resolution or counseling, and are willing to commit volunteer time toward Right Relations at FUS.
The Right Relations Team has been tasked with addressing issues such as:
- When a person feels disconnected from the Society or individual members due to a conflict or perceived conflict
- When a person feels that their treatment by an individual or group has not been welcoming or has been inconsistent with our value of the worth and dignity of every person
The Right Relations Team’s goal is to help the parties to a conflict or perceived conflict engage in an open, loving, and respectful interaction that brings them closer to right relations and fosters personal growth. We will encourage self-reflection and putting oneself in another’s shoes. We will not be making determinations of right and wrong; rather, we will seek to bring about understanding and re-connection.
To reach out to the Right Relations Team, send an email or call the office at (612) 377-6608 and ask for the Right Relations Team, or talk to team coordinator Thue Rasmussen. Once we determine that the issue is appropriate for the team, a team member will contact you to schedule a meeting and begin the Right Relations process.