I actually used to teach workshops on covenant building within the context of religious communities. The idea being that a covenant is a ‘solemn promise’, within the context of ‘intentional community’ is a ‘solemn promise’ on how one will behave within community. In our religious community (Unitarian Universalism) covenants are typically created through consensus processes – they can be light weight created for the purpose of a weekend workshop – or they can be more formal, created as a way to help define the way we as a congregation treat each other. Since our religion doesn’t have a ‘god’ or ‘dogma’ or any specific scripture (the closest thing we have to scripture is a shared hymnal), we need more formal constructs to help govern how we interact with one another – as we are definitely an ‘intentional community’.

From a rhizo community perspective, we are more of an ‘organic community’, although many of the activities Dave led early on could be seen as ‘intentional community building activities’ …