A COMMUNITY OF
Honour is about valuing one another. To know that we are valued is a precious thing. To be honoured by each other means that we will believe the best about each other and want the best for one another. Honour is evidenced in IGC by our speaking the truth in love to one another.
Everyone Matters asserts that no one is more important or significant than anyone else. This characteristic is evidenced in IGC by our commitment to prefer one another rather than preferring one in favour of another.
Living Loved means that knowing we are loved, we are freed from trying to get both God and people to love us. Living loved is evidenced in IGC by our coming together in order to be a blessing and not simply to be blessed.
Priesthood of Believers means that we are all priests. This means that there is no need for an intermediary between us and God. We all have direct access to God and a response-ability to one another. The Priesthood of Believers is evidenced in IGC by each of us being encouraged to exercise our gifts and ensuring that eveyone has a voice.
Equality is about ensuring that every individual has an equal opportunity to make the most of their lives and talents. It is also about treating everyone regardless of who they are, as peers. This is evidenced in IGC by promoting equality, valuing our diversity and managing each other’s inclusion.
Respect is fundamental. We respect ourselves, others, those who hold our beliefs, and those who do not. Respect in IGC is evidenced by listening to each other in a spirit of non-judgement and giving one another our full attention.
Social Justice is our so what? It is about how we address the imbalances and unfairness in our society. This is evidenced in IGC by our initiative, Love Burnt Oak, a not for profit organisation that exists to enable local people to improve their social and economic situation by accessing a range of support services that will enhance their life chances and promote community cohesion.