core values

Posted on August 16, 2013

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INTEGRITY (authenticity)

“Am I living the life that wants to live in me?” (Parker Palmer in Let Your Life Speak)

Integrity is when role and soul collide in ancient recognition.

It is when one’s role is ignited by one’s soul that the human heart discovers fire.

What is my response to a lack of meaning in my life? What is my response to my birthright gifts? What is my response to making a difference in life? What is my response to injustices, to people that are marginalized and disenfranchised: homelessness, poverty, racism, inequality, prejudice, etc?

  • Who am I? (my Identity)
  • Why am I here? (my Purpose)
  • What am I going to do about it? (my Mission)
  • What are my birthright gifts?
  • Am I using them daily?
  • Do they define for me why I am here? What my purpose is?
  • Is my interior life in alignment with my exterior life?
  • Does my Role match my Soul?
  • Career: “all of the productive and creative activity a person does throughout the lifespan (whether paid or unpaid). In this sense, life, work, and the person become a seamless, integrated whole.” Has my “career” made a difference?
  • Do I act, listen, and speak from the heart

PEACE (non-violence & gentleness)

What is my response to war? What is my response to politics and partisanship? What is my response to personal conflict? What is my response when the integrity or identity of another person is violated? What is my response to injustices, to people that are marginalized and disenfranchized: homelessness, poverty, racism, inequality, prejudice, etc?

  • Am I living with peace at the center? (out of a foundation of silence, listening, mindfulness, & presence)
    • Interactions (people)
    • Reactions (problems)
    • Proactions (planning)
  • Am I living with violence at the center? (out of a culture with violence at its core)
    • External violence (crime, war, domestic violence, etc)
    • Internal violence (criticism, ignoring, cliques, being better than, pride, etc)
  • “Presence is realizing that in every encounter with another human being, we do not walk away the same; we leave a changed person for the better or for the worse; am I a giver or a taker? Is my presence life-giving?”
  • “Violence is any way we have of violating the identity or integrity of the other.” (Parker Palmer)
  • Violence is being right and making others wrong.
  • Violence is partaking in privilege unconsciously without realizing that privilege is what creates oppression.

Am I creating a culture of gentleness in all aspects of my life???

EQUALITY (non-judgment, full inclusion of all, all means all)

What is my response to injustices, to people that are marginalized and disenfranchized: homelessness, poverty, racism, inequality, prejudice, etc? What is my response to ALL forms of inequality . . . whether or not it is something I agree or disagree with?

Do I unconsciously partake in privilege, creating the oppression of others? … the privilege of being white, male, middle class, Christian, heterosexual, and on and on?

  • What do I pay attention to? Do I see those that are marginalized… invisible?
  • Are they my friends? Do I express a sense of welcome to all… or just certain people?
  • Do I value the “least of these”? Am I open to their ideas? Do I solicit their input in important decisions? Do I listen to and understand their struggles? Do I expect and believe that I will learn very valuable things from their perspective?
  • Do I take a stand against injustice in any and every form? . . . no matter the cost?
  • “Friends (Quakers) were some of the first to value women as important ministers and to campaign for women’s rights; they became leaders in the anti-slavery movement, and were among the first to pioneer humane treatment for individuals with mental disorders, and for prisoners.” (Wikipedia: Quakers)

SIMPLICITY (sustainability and stewardship)

What is my response to Black Friday… commercialism… materialism? What is my response to the extreme consumption of our society? What is my response to materialism? What is my response to career advancement (at the expense of others)? What is my response (and attachment) to money and possessions? What is my response to the destruction of the resources of the earth? What is my response to environmental issues?

  • Is my life / work a reflection of what is most important in life?
  • Am I using my “resources, including money and time, deliberately in ways that are most likely to make life truly better for oneself and others”
  • Am I “more concerned with one’s inner condition than one’s outward appearance and with other people more than oneself” (Quaker Testimony of Simplicity, Wikipedia)
  • Do I make enough money for my basic needs? If I make more, why do I make more? And what do I do with it?

COMMUNITY (We are all connected. Why do we not live like it?)

Community is an interdependence that results in the full expression all of the other core values.

We are not here alone. We are one body, here to express the Light and Love of God and carry to ALL the expression of this Love and Light without neglecting any.

In America, we have destroyed community through commercialization, institutionalization, and professionalization. What community should do, we allow the “experts” to do. We must learn to first solve our problems through the assets and strengths we already have. Only then should we turn to experts. As so clearly stated in the book Abundant Community by Peter Block and John McKnight, if we are to live in community rather than isolation we must answer these three question in this order:

  1. What can WE do?
  2. What can we do with a little bit of help from professionals?
  3. What is it that professionals must do?

When we empower the people, we begin to create community.

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