Mission Statement and Principles
SARAH was established as a group of interfaith women committed to making a difference in our community. We have created a group where we can discuss and expand our experiences of women's spirituality in the home, community, and the world. We want to learn about one anotherís cultural and spiritual foundations in order to enrich our own lives, and together improve our community. We can learn all of this from each other through dialogue, community service, guest speakers, and book discussions. We know that collaboration is essential to creating miracles and, like a good parent empowers her children, so do we empower the community to make a real difference towards peace and understanding.
"...as women of the community we had not only an obligation but the immense power to make a difference together..."
S.A.R.A.H. is also a proud "Cooperative Circle" of the United Religions Initiative.
Therefore, we accept the responsibility to act in accordance with the Preamble, Purpose and Principles of the URI;
1. We are a bridge-building organization, not a religion.
2. We respect the sacred wisdom of each religion, spiritual expressions and indigenous traditions.
3. We respect the differences among religions, spiritual expressions and indigenous traditions.
4. We encourage our members to deepen their roots in their own tradition.
5. We listen and speak with respect to deepen mutual understanding and trust.
6. We give and receive hospitality.
7. We seek and welcome the gift of diversity and model practices that do not discriminate.
8. We practice equitable participation of women and men in all aspects of the URI.
9.We practice the healing and reconciliation to resolve conflict without resorting to violence.
10.We act from sound ecological practices to protect and preserve the Earth for both present and future generations.
11. We seek and offer cooperation with other interfaith efforts.
12. We welcome as members all individuals, organizations and associations who subscribe to the Preamble, Purpose and Principles.
13. We have the authority to make decisions at the most local level that includes all relevant and affective parties..
14. We have the right to organize in any manner, at any scale, in any area, and around any issue or activity which is relevant to and consistent with the Preamble, Purpose and Principles.
15. Our deliberations and decisions shall be made at every level by bodies and methods that fairly represent the diversity of affected interests and are not dominated by any.
16. We shall relinquish to develop financial and other resources to meet the needs of our part, and to share financial and other resources to help meet the needs of other parts.
17. We have the responsibility to develop financial and other resources to meet the needs of our part, and to share financial and other resources to help meet the needs of other parts.
18. We maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical conduct, prudent use of resources and fair and accurate disclosure of information.
19. We are committed to organizational learning and adaptation.
20. We honor the richness and diversity of all languages and the right and responsibility of participants to translate and interpret the Charter, Bylaws and related documents in accordance with the Preamble, Purpose and Principles, and the spirit of the United Religions Initiative.
21. We shall not coerce our members to participate in any ritual or proselytize them.
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