A Covenant and Six Fundamental Assumptions

We covenant to respect, nurture and support all within this our Interfaith community, founded upon compassionate action in the world. We base our covenant upon the following assumptions:

1) There is a spiritual core to the universe that calls us to our better selves if we will listen. Some may have a belief that this spiritual core is God and may have a clear belief as to who or what God is. Others may believe in a God who is less clearly defined. Still others may view this spiritual core in terms of a life-force or moral imperative, with no thought of God at all.

2) While each of us must define the meaning of our own lives, we understand, accept and embrace as self-evident that we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keeper, that we must strive daily to treat each other with honor, with respect and with love, and we recognize that this is what Jesus, Confucius, Hillel, the Buddha, Muhammad and so many others sought to teach us.

3) A part of that fundamental respect is to honor the multitude of spiritual paths that our fellow men and women have traveled and will travel.

4) We are defined by how we act and whom we help. We are called to act with compassion, love and respect not only within our community but within the entirety of the human community.

5) Economic, racial, ethnic, religious, gender, sexual orientation and all such divisions have no spiritual relevance, and any hierarchy based on them is both baseless and harmful.

6) The earth is our home, regardless of its creation history, and we are called upon to act as stewards and guardians of its wonders and diversity so that all generations may experience its profound beauty and richness to the fullest.

10 Responses to A Covenant and Six Fundamental Assumptions

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  2. Deborah Heartwood says:

    Where are your services held? And will there be any services in
    July or August? Thanks

    • steven says:

      There are no services in July or August. Our next service will be in September. If you’ll scroll down our FAQ’s (What Is Interfaith?) you’ll find detailed directions. I’ll hope to meet you at our September service.

  3. Mary Sugrue says:

    Question for Rev. Steven please;
    Do your Interfaith services not acknowledge evil in the world? I have read the six assumptions and found no mention. If Interfaith services intertwine all major world religion principles wouldn’t this topic also be mentioned in these assumptions? I would like to further look into your philosophies but coming from the Catholic faith I wonder about how this topic is covered in Interfaith. Thank you.

    • steven says:

      Mary, Thank you for your question. I can give you a short answer here. You say you want to go more deeply into what Interfaith is about. I’d encourage you to read “The Interfaith Alternative.” I think that will be of help.

      Interfaith doesn’t try to intertwine the world’s religions. Differing spiritual paths have a different way of approaching what they perceive as evil. Interfaith respect these differing approaches. The question that Interfaith asks is, however you perceive evil, how do you act in the world. From a Catholic perspective, does your view of evil move you to act like a Mother Teresa? Or does your view of evil move you to act like Tomas de Torquemada? But again, I think the book will help you understand this more deeply. Best to you, Steven

  4. Mary Sugrue says:

    Hello again Rev. Steven;
    I forgot to ask how your Interfaith church addresses the existence of angels. Angels are my protection. Thank you.

  5. Chris Brewer says:

    How is this different from a Unitarian Universalist church?

  6. Chris Brewer says:

    Never mind -I just read your 2013 answer to my question. Thanks!

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