Mission & Values

Our Mission

To be an interfaith community that offers sacred spaces
 for learning and transformation.

 

Our Values

We are deeply committed to the values rooted in our experience and those that shape our response to changing rural, urban and global perspectives.  These values help define our life together and are characterized by:

  • High standards and commitment to scholarship and academic excellence, with academic freedom to explore theology and spirituality;
  • Academic programs and policies that are grounded in adult learning principles and are learner-centered;
  • Accessibility to theological education through a multi-faceted program that creates communities of learners;
  • Integration of theory and practice;

We seek to achieve these values through:

  • Inclusivity and justice in language and practice for all persons, regardless of race, creed, gender, sexual orientation and sexual identities or physical abilities;
  • Commitment to social justice and ecological responsibility;
  • Honoring and understanding the need to be in care of one another;
  • Resiliency and creativity in the presence of a constantly changing social climate;
  • Consultative ethos, including academic planning and decision-making processes characterized by open communication, widespread consultation, and transparency;
  • Mutual respect for and honouring of diverse cultures, locally and abroad;
  • Openness to risk-taking, innovation and flexibility in offering of programs, in our relationship to the communities around us, and in supporting faith communities as they undertake theological reflection;
  • Shaping of our theology by the contexts in which we live and work and have our being, and solidarity with those who suffer;
  • Financial stability and accountability.

 

Updated: April 22, 2013