The First Church of Coyote is an institution that is firmly rooted in its mission of teaching, ministering and fostering curiousity.
These principles are vital for ensuring a welcoming and inclusive environment for all members of our community and serve as a guide for our personal and collective behavior.
- That diversity, existing in dynamic balance with its environment, is critical to excellence in all of our endeavors. In short, diversity is wonderful, just don’t overdo it.
- That we need to foster open-mindedness, understanding, compassion and inclusiveness among groups, while also teaching respect for boundaries. In short, keep an open mind, but understand everything’s not going to fit in it.
- In dialogue, act in a respectful and civil manner. Preferably over food. In short, we tend to talk too much over being terse.
- In differences as well as commonalities and promote respect in interpersonal interactions.
- That our responsibility is to create and foster a respectful, cooperative, equitable and civil environment.
- That acts of discrimination, harassment, profiling or other conduct causing harm are the acts of willful children. To be an adult, you must learn how to deal with an honorable other, even if it’s difficult. Even if it’s near impossible.
- That civilized societies carry historically divisive biases. We’re working on changing that.
We developed this Principles of Community statement in response to the unjustified abduction and forcible indoctrination of neophytes by other orders of belief, in the hopes of forming a measured and suitable response to their actions and providing an atmosphere which others could rely upon as a reasonable defense in the face of unjust and unwanted exploitation.