As with my relationship with lay leaders, I believe that the shared ministry of the church must be grounded in covenant. In professional leadership, this is tangibly expressed through a few key tactics. First, it is important that we commit ourselves to a covenant of right relations, refraining from unhealthy triangles and agreeing to lift up one another's work in our conversations within our own and other Unitarian Universalist congregations. Second, it is important that we have a clear sense of our respective roles and responsibilities, and that we each understand how our contributions contribute to fulfilling the mission of the congregation. Finally, the maintenance of these tools - covenants of right relations and clarity in role and responsibilities - must happen through routine trustful communication, through the business of staff meetings and phone calls, through sit downs and run-throughs. It is, as with everything, a practice.
"None of us alone can save the world, but together, that is another possibility, waiting."
Rev. Gretchen Haley is a Unitarian Universalist minister, mom, partner and friend, trying her best to love this beautiful, broken world.