Core Values

Statement of Values

We value the dignity of every individual and are steadfastly committed to social and economic justice. Equality of and access to opportunity for all persons must be a fundamental right in all societies. Respectful relationships are the key to trust, healing and reconciliation in our communities.

Dignity • Equity • Healing • Reconciliation • Self-Determination • Wholeness • Trust • Relationships • Social and Economic Justice • Community • Respect • Honesty • Peace • Perseverance • Transparency • Interdependence • Interculturalism

Dignity:
Each human being has an innate right to respect and ethical treatment.

Justice:
Restorative and retributive strategies, approaches and techniques which address and repair the consequences of discrimination based on difference.

Healing:
Restoring an individual to spiritual wholeness as well as repairing rifts between persons and cultures.

Reconciliation:
Recognition and acknowledgement that, despite our differences, we need each other and must learn to work together and respect, forgive and love each other.

Self-Determination:
Affirmation of our power to create, name and define ourselves instead of allowing others to do that for us.

Wholeness:
Acting authentically by aligning our beliefs and our behaviors; making a healthy whole of ourselves and our world.

Trust:
Reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, and surety of a person or organization.

Relationships:
Connections in which individuals influence each other, share their thoughts and feelings, and engage in activities together. Because of this interdependence, most things that change or impact one member of the relationship will affect the other member.

Equity:
An agreed-upon system of processes and mechanisms ensuring that all people are treated with fairness and dignity by establishing ceilings on profits and an economic base below which human beings are not allowed to fall.

Community:
Community consists of people connected and interacting through common bonds of shared place (community of place) and/or shared interest (community of interest). We pursue the community ideal of social interaction, organizations, and institutions built on the bases of mutual respect, compassion, security, strength, support, empowerment, innovation, justice, and sustainability.

Respect:
A positive feeling of esteem for a person coupled with specific actions and conduct reflective of that esteem.

Honesty:
Responsibility for transparency and integrity.

Peace:
A state of harmony characterized by the lack of violent conflict. Commonly understood as the absence of hostility, peace also suggests the existence of healthy or newly healed interpersonal or international relationships, prosperity in matters of social or economic welfare, the establishment of equality, and a working political order that serves the true interests of all. It is not only the absence of war or conflict, but also the presence of cultural and economic understanding and unity.

Perseverance:
Continued effort to do or achieve a goal despite difficulties, failure, or opposition.

Transparency:
Ensuring that all stakeholders know what we are doing and why we are doing it, with ease of access and with the ability to audit and question our work.

Interdependence:
Our destinies as human beings are linked. Our prosperity cannot come at the cost of others’ suffering.

Interculturalism:
Promotion of the common good through
participation, interaction, debate and common action by recognizing similarities within our shared humanity, appreciating our differences, and having the willingness to create and share a common public space through cross-cultural experiences.