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As a citizen of the world...

I BELIEVE in the dignity of all humanity, that each person is a being of supreme worth.

I BELIEVE in the wholeness of the human race, undivided by economic, cultural, racial, sexual or national differences.

I BELIEVE in the stewardship of life and resources to the end that all may mutually benefit from the earth's bounty and that no person may have to go without food or shelter.

I BELIEVE in the primacy of human relationships as a person committed and responsible to other persons, regardless of their economic status, race, creed or nationality.

I BELIEVE in the global community, interdependent and mutually responsible for our physical and social environments.

I BELIEVE that we are One World and affirm that I am a citizen of this world. My allegiance to it and its people, my brothers and sisters, is primary over all other political entities.

I AM, therefore, committed to the promotion and care of the whole of humanity without partiality or prejudice and with such resources as I have at my command, both within and without.

I HEREWITH AFFIRM that I wish, as much as I possibly can, to base my actions on my beliefs and thus contribute to a world where justice and compassion rule and where greed and hatred are diminished.

We thank the Peacebuilding Institute's, World Citizenship Institute for this World Citizenship Creed.  You can learn more at www.PeacebuildingInstitute.org.


Religion or Spirituality?
One-ness is the Goal - Divinity is within Everyone & Everything

"There is no Religion higher than Truth." 
(from the Sanskrit: "Satyan nasti paro dharmah") 
~ Theosophical Society Motto, founded by Madame H P Blavatsky
(1831-91) ~

"The Kingdom of Heaven is not a place, but a state of mind."
~ John Burroughs, Naturalist (1837-1921) ~

"For me, the different religions are beautiful flowers from the same garden, or they are branches of the same majestic tree.     
Therefore, they are equally true, though being received and interpreted through human instruments equally imperfect."   

~ Mahatma Gandhi ~


"Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together.
All things connect."

~ Chief Seattle, 1854 ~

"For the man who prays in his heart, the whole world is a church."
~ Sylvain of Athos ~

"If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is "Thank You", it will be enough."
~ Meister Eckhart (1260-1328) German Dominican Mystic ~




Listening in Furman, Alabama




Demarkus Moten lifting voice in Camden, Alabama




Native American Code of Ethics:

1.  Each morning upon rising, and each evening before sleeping, give thanks for the life within you and for all life, for the good things the Creator has given you and for the opportunity to grow a little more each day.  Consider your thoughts and actions of the past day and seek for the courage and strength to be a better person.  Seek for the things that will benefit others (everyone).

2.Respect. Respect means "To feel or show honor or esteem for someone or something; to consider the well being of, or to treat someone or somethin with deference or courtesy".  Showing respect is a basic law of life.

a. Treat every person from the tiniest child to the oldest elder with respect at all times.

b. Special respect should be given to Elders, Parents, Teachers, and Community Leaders.

c. No person should be made to feel "put down" by you; avoid hurting other hearts as you would avoid a deadly poison.

d. Touch nothing that belongs to someone else (especially Sacred Objects) without permission, or an understanding between you.

e. Respect the privacy of every person, never intrude on a person's quiet moment or personal space.

f. Never walk between people that are conversing.

g. Never interrupt people who are conversing.

h. Speak in a soft voice, especially when you are in the presence of Elders, strangers or others to whom special respect is due.

i. Do not speak unless invited to do so at gatherings where Elders are present (except to ask what is expected of you, should you be in doubt).

j. Never speak about others in a negative way, whether they are present or not.

k. Treat the earth and all of her aspects as your mother.  Show deep respect for the mineral world, the plant world, and the animal world. Do nothing to pollute our Mother, rise up with wisdom to defend her.

l. Show deep respect for the beliefs and religion of others.

m. Listen with courtesy to what others say, even if you feel that what they are saying is worthless. Listen with your heart.

n. Respect the wisdom of the people in council. Once you give an idea to a council meeting it no longer belongs to you.  It belongs to the people. Respect demands that you listen intently to the ideas of others in council and that you do not insist that your idea prevail.  Indeed you should freely support the ideas of others if they are true and good, even if those ideas ideas are quite different from the ones you have contributed. The clash of ideas brings forth the Spark of Truth.

3.Once a council has decided something in unity, respect demands that no one speak secretly against what has been decided.  If the council has made an error, that error will become apparent to everyone in its own time.

4.Be truthful at all times, and under all conditions.

5.Always treat your guests with honor and consideration. Give of your best food, your best blankets, the best part of your house, and your best service to your guests.

6.The hurt of one is the hurt of all, the honor of one is the honor of all.

7.Receive strangers and outsiders with a loving heart and as members of the human family.

8.All the races and tribes in the world are like the different colored flowers of one meadow.  All are beautiful.  As children of the Creator they must all be respected.

9.To serve others, to be of some use to family, community, nation, and the world is one of the main purposes for which human beings have been created.  Do not fill yourself with your own affairs and forget your most important talks.  True happiness comes only to those who dedicate their lives to the service of others.

10.Observe moderation and balance in all things.

11.Know those things that lead to your well-being, and those things that lead to your destruction.

12.Listen to and follow the guidance given to your heart. Expect guidance to come in many forms; in prayer, in dreams, in times of quiet solitude, and in the words and deeds of wise Elders and friends.

Original version printed in 1982 in the book,"The Sacred Tree" by the Four Worlds Development Project.  Adapted and reprinted in the "Inter-Tribal Times" October 1994.  The adapted version is presented here

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