Source: (2004) Washington, DC: JUSTPEACE Center for Mediation and Conflict Transformation, United Methodist Church. Downloaded 11 August 2005.

The Biblical experiences of God were always in covenant relationships, beginning with the covenant with Abraham through whom God intended to bless all the peoples of the earth; then the covenant with Israel; and then the covenant with Jesus Christ that built on and fulfilled the covenants that preceded it. In the Bible there are also covenants between people. A covenant involves honoring the other parties. A covenant requires mutual accountability and responsibility. A relational covenant is the shared expectations and aspirations of a community or group as to how each member wants to be treated in the life of the community. (excerpt)