|Rev. Darrell Berger
“A Covenant of Respectful Relations”
Rev. Darrell Berger, UCSl, May 2015
1. We practice manners and civility in our membership. We act as stewards of our sacred spaces.
2. We value openness in our communications and decision-making.
3. We accept conflict in our community as inevitable and healthy. We are guided by the principle that properly managed conflict between people in respectful relation to each other can be a positive force for creativity, growth, and enrichment. Our task is to find appropriate ways to express and resolve our conflicts.
4. We direct controversial congregational-related communications through appropriate channels. The minister and Committee on Shared Ministry can provide information and facilitate process.
5. We strive to focus on issues and behaviors, not on people and personalities.
Many UU congregations now have similar covenants. This one was adapted from the UU congregation of Williamsburg, Virginia because we thought it was clear, concise and positive. The congregation may, of course, approve, amend or fail to approve this or any covenant.
Why a covenant? Isn’t this material already covered in the UU principles? Yes, but think of this covenant as the Bill of Rights and the UU principles as the Constitution.
We will soon be making decisions that will determine the future and direction of our congregation. This is a good time to lift up and commit to making these decisions based on the covenant. It will help us navigate the process in good form and not get distracted.
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About Our Minister
Rev. Berger was born in Toledo, Ohio and attended Vanderbilt University and Divinity School. He has over 25 years experience as a UU minister, mostly serving on a full-time basis. He has served churches in North Carolina and Massachusetts.
Closer to Staten Island he has served the Fourth Universalist Society in Manhattan and until now as a Halftime Consulting minister at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Essex County in Orange, NJ. He has experience with smaller congregations and historical buildings.
"This will be the fourth congregation I've served with an historic church building," Rev. Berger said. "The task of ministry to the building and the congregation is the same: carefully maintain what still works and renovate what doesn't."
He enjoys preaching and his topics range widely, always returning to the central themes of social justice equality. "Theologically, I'm a Transcendentalist," Rev. Berger said. "Emerson used Buddhism and poetry to help realize an American spirituality that bends toward justice. I try to follow that path."
He is also an expert on baseball history and memorabilia and has co-written books with former players Roy White and Mitch Williams. He has been a featured speaker at the New York City Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), speaking on "Baseball Players as Human Beings."
He lives in Jersey City with his wife, two dogs and two cats.
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Contact Rev. Berger:
Church Office: 718-447-2204
Email: minister -at- uucsi.org
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