Matthew's principles

Matthew's principles

Safety Decent Inclusion Unity



Safety isn’t just physical safety it is what is considered respectful in our cultural/historical context. It includes tone, eye contact and welcoming behaviors that are generally understood as “safe.”


Come at it from the angle that each person’s intentions are good. It is a respectful place to begin. Ask all questions in a courteous manner.


All are welcome, not simply “tolerated” including whoever is your “other.” For some people, it would be a person of color. For others, it may be the Republican or the Christian. Please be aware of your own biases.


Whether you are a person of science or faith the evidence is compelling, science is backing what faith has been saying; we are truly interconnected. One unfulfilled life and we all lose.