Code of conduct

Deep listening and authentic speaking

Recognising that deep listening as well as authentic speaking is necessary for a genuine exchange

Openness and transparency

Being open with others about our faiths & beliefs or philosophical allegiances; and being transparent with ourselves and others about our intentions

Freedom of expression

Respecting other people’s freedom to express their beliefs and convictions; and being willing to challenge others respectfully

Nurturing joy

Not behaving in ways which cause needless offence nor taking needless offence when others are ignorant of our perspective, practices, traditions, convictions or beliefs; and keeping our perspective and sense of humour when in disagreement with others

Allowing others to be themselves

Not imposing ourselves and our views on individuals or communities, especially those who experience themselves as being in a vulnerable situation; and respecting another’s right to disagree with us or be non-committal or silent

Representing accurately and not disparaging

Representing ourselves and others accurately to the best of our ability; correcting misunderstanding or misrepresentations not only of our own faiths & beliefs but also of others whenever we come across them; and not misrepresenting or disparaging others’ beliefs and practices

Remembering our connection

Working to prevent disagreement from leading to a forgetfulness of our intrinsic inter-connectedness and interdependency; and working to prevent conflict from hardening us against each other, and alienating us from our shared humanity

Peaceful relationships

Seeking authentic, peaceful relationships with others, in which the causes of violence – of thought, word or action – in us are identified and healed; and owning and correcting any misuse of power through manipulation or control of others.

Honouring others and ourselves

Being willing to honour the religious or philosophical commitments of all those we meet, including food, dress and social etiquette; and being prepared to carry out our own commitments in a way that is authentic and sensitive to others’ needs.

Humility and non judgement

Recognising that humility is important as all of us at times fall short of the ideals of our own traditions, philosophies and beliefs; and not seeking to judge others by comparing our own ideals with other people’s practices

Confidentiality and safety

Honouring the trust between us and others and not sharing information that is given in confidence; and co-creating a space for others to feel safe to share