Agreements – I

January 25, 2010

This is the first of a series of articles on the agreements that the residents of Easton Mountain have made with each other for their spiritual wellbeing and the support of the vision we share. The first of these agreements reflects that intention:

I agree that the purpose of my time as a resident at Easton Mountain will be to support the mission and vision of Easton Mountain, Inc., to nurture my own spiritual growth and to contribute to forming a mutually supportive community with the other residents.

The mission and vision are as follows:

Our Mission:

  • Easton Mountain is a community, retreat center and sanctuary created by gay men as a gift to the world.
  • In workshops, programs and events we provide opportunities to celebrate, heal, transform, and integrate body, mind and spirit.
  • We offer our land, rich in beauty and wisdom, as home to a community that extends beyond the land.
  • We are a worldwide fellowship of people enriched by our connection to Easton Mountain. This fellowship is a positive force for change in the world.

We Value:

  • Each individual’s spiritual path and the quest for connection and understanding.
  • The beauty of the Earth, and our practice of stewardship on it.
  • The joy and wisdom our bodies bring.
  • The expression of love, intimacy and erotic communion.
  • Service and those who strive to make life better for others.
  • Creativity, celebration, fun and gaiety.
  • Respectful honesty and the peaceful resolution of disagreements.
  • Community, the support it provides, the strength and love it brings.
  • Work for peace, non-violence and social justice: ending oppression and healing the impact it has had on all people.
  • Hospitality that welcomes all others as sisters and brothers.

Obviously, when we say we support the mission and vision of Easton Mountain, we are agreeing to all that is in the mission and vision statements and all that it implies. My next posting will look at some of the implications of that support.

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