The love of Jesus is inclusive, regardless of race, gender, social class, nationality, and sexual preference. For privileged groups, enacting that love means actively divesting of privileges that come with race, background, wealth, education, or being in a sexual majority.
We believe one can address injustice with integrity only when one is willing to partake of the vulnerabilities and limited options experienced by the poor. We try to live this personally and organizationally. Staff salaries are limited to 55 percent of the median household U.S. income (currently $20,353 per year). Staff members choose their own salaries based on self-assessed need up to that maximum, and have additional allowances for dependent children.
God calls us to live nonviolently. We believe war is immoral, we strive to foster peace in every relational dimension, and we eschew violence.
All people are equally valuable before God. All staff are eligible for the same salary -- regardless of position or seniority.
The witness of the Spirit comes through art, music, the word, and all kinds of people. We believe in active prayer life, commitment to a Christian community, and creative expression.
Scripture confronts us with the need for both social and personal redemption. We take Scripture, the existence of evil, and the possibility of transformation seriously.
We protest national borders as a means of exclusion of other people. We embrace those who are refugees from their homelands. We advocate opening borders, especially to the economically oppressed.
We oppose nationalism and patriotism that lead to blind obedience to violence and war, corrupt institutionalism, and significant moral compromise.
We support the rebuilding of communities. We oppose economic stratification and segregation. We are deeply critical of technologies, capitalist structures, and materialism that erode and disempower local communities.
We believe in caring for the land. Gardening, composting, and handling waste streams locally and on site are radical acts of resistance. We support intensive regulation of industries that pollute and create waste, and would rather change or eliminate packaging than support recycling.
We respect divergent faiths and spiritualities and seek to dialogue with them.
We believe in the existence of sin. We also believe in radical forgiveness.
We stand with the poor and the marginalized against forms of oppression and power. We challenge all oppressive forms of discrimination based on race, gender, age, class, ethnic background, sexual orientation, or personal ability.
We reject materialism. We struggle against greed. We seek to live sustainably and encourage others in their choice of a simple life style.
We are as concerned about structural evil as we are about personal evil. We address unjust and unloving human structures wherever they are -- but in particular where we are most responsible. The Other Side: Strength For the Journeywww.theotherside.org/about/index.html