“What we say and what we do ultimately comes back to us to let us own our responsibility, place it in our hands, and carry it with dignity and strength.”
– Gloria E. Anzaldúa
“and when we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard
but when we are silent we are still afraid
So it is better to speak remembering
we were never meant to survive”
– Audre Lorde
Ensuring that our values and beliefs are in integrity with our actions and practices is the foundation of our relational, healing, community, and political work. By examining whether our actions are in alignment with our deepest values, we seek to ensure that our actions are trustworthy, transparent, and in harmony with our vision for the world we seek to create.
In striving to be in integrity with our convictions, we consistently reexamine and reaffirm our deeply rooted purposes, examine our moral compasses and evaluate and reevaluate the tone, content and outcomes of our relationships with one another and the planet. Striving to be in integrity allows us to build relationships that are collaborative, mutual and healthy; by extension, it necessarily involves accountability when we falter, struggle, or need to regain our strength and clarity to do fundamentally principled work.