Our Statement of Community Values
<Draft Note: This statement was developed
some time ago (??), and is being given to prospective new members.
I imagine we would replace
this with a fine-tuned set of 'Vision Documents' that we will develop in
a special visioning process. Not to be confused with the one-sentence
(or so) Vision Statement. (Which is one of our next priorities
group, and which is stated in draft form on the Our Vision page)
Co-housing Eugene Core Group has been formed to develop a co-housing community
in accordance with certain community values. The community values are expressed
in this statement. Co-housing Eugene may amend this statement from time
to time as agreed to by the membership of Co-housing Eugene Core Group.
- A democratic community
Through the consensus decision making process, we seek to include and empower
the entire community. We recognize that all have wisdom to offer. We value
listening to and understanding each other.
- A sharing community
We value the process of mutual support. We value working together on community
projects and sharing a variety of tasks and resources. We value privacy
- A community of friends
We value the experience of knowing and trusting our neighbors. We value the
sense of extended family. We value our social time together and recognize
that interpersonal relationships are instrumental to our community.
- A community of sharing food
We value the sharing of occasional food purchases, meal preparation, meals,
and cleanup. We recognize that nourishment of our bodies is nourishment
for our community. We value the breaking of bread together and the communion
of the hearth.
- A community of transformation.
We are lifelong learners. We value creativity and people’s need to
grow. We recognize the need for home to be a place of nurturance and healing.
We recognize that our community can be a catalyst for positive change in
the world around us. We know our community will evolve over time and we value
our flexibility through these changes.
- A community of trust and open communication
We value honest communication. We recognize that we will have disagreements
and we seek to resolve them through open communication and understanding.
- A community of diversity
We value our differences; through our differences we learn and grow. We honor
diversity of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religious belief, culture, sexual
orientation, interest, skill and perspective.
- A community that nurtures children and respects elders
We value the ability of children to live and grow in a community that is
safe and cares for their well-being. We recognize the wisdom and experience
of elders as a vital part of our community. We value the child within each
of us as a source of wonder and creativity.
- A community of the earth
We recognize our connection to nature and the Earth. We seek to bring our
lives into greater harmony with the natural environment. We value the preservation
of nature and greenspaces where possible.
- An environmentally sustainable community
We value renewable energy, recycling, reuse, and conservation. We encourage
less reliance on automobiles.
- A loving community
We value the power of love in ourselves, our relationships, our community,
and our world. We value the practice of empathy and compassion. We recognize
our own limitations and value the practice of forgiveness.