Our original Principles and Intentions (P&Is) were drafted by members in the early days of the community and have been updated periodically. At the Spring Vision Gathering in 2007 we wanted to come up with a new and more succinct set of statements that better reflect who we are now. The Vision and Values is the result. We are using the two together as a way of honouring our past and those who’ve gone before, while stating afresh who we are now, as finally agreed at the Autumn Gathering in October 2009.
As members of the Edward Carpenter Community we are committed to:
1. Becoming fully ourselves as gay men
By being creative, courageous, open, truthful, loving and fully responsible for ourselves.
We will pursue personal growth and engage in activities that increase our self-awareness, self worth and well-being.
2. Creating community
By being welcoming, inclusive, safe, empowering, encouraging, allowing, accepting, co-operative, challenging, forgiving and fun.
We will do this through friendship that builds trust and intimacy and formal and informal gatherings and events. We will embrace diversity. We will make decisions by consensus, support each other and share skills and knowledge.
3. Living respectfully and holistically within the wider world
By engaging, inspiring, questioning, pioneering, and sharing our lives and gifts.
We will build relationships with others and be aware of the impact of our thoughts, intentions and actions on our communities and planet.
Occasionally, we still refer to the most recent update to our founding Principles and Intentions:
The Edward Carpenter Community (ECC) exists to provide opportunities to express our identity as gay men.
We are committed to:
We intend to: