Our Collective Vision of Beloved Community
A Community of Common Purpose
All Souls is a safe haven that nurtures and enhances personal and spiritual growth. It is a place of trust where personal enrichment arises from serving the community.
Awareness of Self and Others
All Souls is a welcoming place where those in the community respect themselves and others. We are a shelter of many beliefs where minority and opposing views are accepted and respected.
We maintain our dignity and integrity by taking responsibility for our actions. All Souls is a place where we invite constructive criticism when it is free of antagonism. We strive to recognize when our conflicts have become selfish and non-productive. Participation in the activities and leadership of the church is encouraged for all who would choose to act for the good of community and self.
Listening, Speaking and Acting with Unity of Purpose
All Souls is a place where we listen openly to the ideas of others. We actively listen for the meaning and feelings within others’ words so that we may better understand their message.
We affirm the inherent worth and dignity of others and bring the intentions of kindness and respect to our spoken words. We are mindful of what we say and how our words may be interpreted by others, whether or not they are present. We are accepting of others’ views and, while we may disagree, do not challenge the worth of the person behind those views.
We fulfill our commitments to the community and to each other. We give generously of ourselves within our means and are grateful that others do, as well. We come here to learn the skills of loving kindness and to practice what we have learned in our community.
Reconciliation and Forgiveness
We acknowledge and respect our personal differences. When disagreements arise, we help each other resolve them before they escalate to destructive levels of conflict. We offer the gift of forgiveness and are aware that reconciling conflict allows us to remain in fellowship.