The word community is, without question, central to human experience. Having a sense of community unites us. It enables us to share personal relatedness and support perpetual growth of each other, ourselves and our environment. Being a part of a community can make us feel as though we are a part of something greater than ourselves. It can give us opportunities to connect with people, to reach for our goals, and makes us feel safe and secure.
Authenticity means we're true to our own personality, values, and spirit, regardless of the pressure that we're under to act otherwise. We're honest with ourselves and with others, and we take responsibility for our mistakes. Our values, ideals, and actions align.
We acknowledge and honor the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals. We want to create and maintain an environment that respects diverse traditions, heritages, and experiences. We embrace the belief that all people have value and the right to belong and practice acceptance of others without biases based on differences of any kind.
We want to become "better" versions of ourselves in a personally meaningful way. However the notion of becoming better and fulfilling one’s potentials has many interpretations, and we struggle with the latest trends around constant and pressurized self-improvement. So instead we want to embrace the idea that personal growth is highly subjective and our community members decide what personal growth means to them and how they want to manifest it.
We define accountability as the willingness to accept responsibility for ourselves. We believe that the things that happen to us are both influenced by our internal locus of control (mindset, emotions, abilities, or actions) as well as by an external locus of control (random chance, environmental factors, or the actions of others). We embrace the belief that by taking responsibility for ourselves first we can make a positive impact on the world and decrease systemic injustice and failure.