nuw-10Our Core Values and Principles

 

  • ACTION: Believing leads to doing. If you genuinely believe an idea you act in accord with it.
  • COMMUNITY: We depend upon one another. Together we become strong and secure. In isolation we suffer weakness, insecurity, stress, and manipulation. We accept one another in community. We get to know one another. We take care of one another.
  • DIVERSITY: We not only accept our differences, we embrace them. We enjoy learning different ways to think and to act. As long as thoughts and deeds cause no harm, or minimal harm in difficult situations, we encourage them. We embrace you regardless of your race, religious beliefs, gender, nationality, socio-economic status, political party affiliation, or sports team allegiance. You are a Neighbor. We love you.
  • LYNAY: We believe that we will each experience every moment of every life. Every experience represents an eternal place in the conscious universe. Therefore, the only sensible approach to relationships is one of love.
  • NONVIOLENCE: We reject violent behavior in any form: direct, indirect, structural, and cultural. We hold forth nonviolence as a positive value imploring us to give to Neighbors freely, to work for equality, and to promote positive examples of loving behavior.
  • GENEROSITY: Generosity is one characteristic of the positive value of nonviolence.
  • SUSTAINABILITY: We recognize and accept our responsibility to future generations. We will live those lives too.
  • FORGIVENESS: We understand that the eternal conscious universe is, has, and will exist in its complete and unchanging form. Thus, we forgive ourselves for past mistakes, and move on. We forgive others for their errors as well. And we move on. We do not harbor regrets. We do not hold on to ill feelings toward anyone. We may alter our behavior toward someone as a response to their past pattern of acts. Nevertheless, we do so as a practical matter only. We do not cease to love any Neighbor.
  • ACCOUNTABILITY: We each have responsibilities. We must hold ourselves accountable for how we acquit ourselves of these responsibilities. One of the best ways is to openly discuss our perceived successes, failures, and struggles with another person or group with whom we share trust. I will be held to account for my responsibilities as C.U.O. by you, and by a group of Unity Trustees.
  • BALANCE: Sometimes our needs, goals, and responsibilities conflict. We have to prioritize. We need balance in every aspect of our life, and within the whole. Work hard. Serve others. And indulge in personal pleasures as well. A huge key to effective living comes through balance between the Lesser and Greater Selves as defined in A Future for the 99 Percent.
  • SIMPLICITY: Live with the minimal amount of possessions. Learn the pleasures of slow living.
  • MINDFULNESS: Live within the confines of the ever rolling present as much as possible. Don’t allow thoughts of the past or future to nullify now.
  • MEDITATION AND FASTING: These practices allow you to encounter the Greater Self. They nurture inner peace, and outward compassion. They give you a proper perspective on life.