Our Shared Values

Rather than doctrine or dogma, we gather around shared values, which both inform who we are, and what we aspire to be.

Our Community evolves and grows by:

  • Welcoming all who share our vision, regardless of their path through life
  • Encouraging and supporting the exchange of ideas as a means of personal growth
  • Taking responsibility for our actions in the Community and the world
  • Accepting one another unconditionally
  • Participating in the life of the Community
  • Honoring the dignity of every individual, and
  • Promoting our mission, vision, and values through our activities in our local communities

We engage the greater community by:

  • Participating in social justice programs, projects, and education
  • Supporting programs and initiatives to create diverse, integrated communities
  • Encouraging civil discourse and learning with interested citizens on issues of importance for the local communities
  • Acting to ensure a sustainable natural and social environment, and
  • Asserting that our common humanity is more important than any individual differences.

These values guide us, and challenge us to define and live a good life:

  • Common Humanity. We respect the dignity and worth of every individual.
  • Diversity. We affirm all people and embrace all genders, sexual orientations, and ethnicities.
  • Open Inquiry. We pursue the free exchange of ideas, explore the lessons of science, philosophy, and the creative arts, and undertake independent spiritual journeys.
  • Compassionate Action. We strive to safeguard and extend human rights, peace, and social justice, locally and globally, as individuals and jointly with others.
  • Environmental Sustainability. We care for our Earth home with mindfulness and responsibility for ourselves and for future generations.
  • Well-Being. We promote wholeness and wellness of mind, body, and spirit, recognizing our self responsibility, inter-relatedness, and interdependence.