Adopting practices for a healthy church (Being Together)

As parishes, agencies, schools, organisations, leaders and individuals in the Diocese

 [Being a community]

  • We will value the wellbeing of others.
  • We will encourage each other to participate in the life of the church.
  • We will consider the impact of our behavior on others.

[Relating to each other]

  • We will treat each other with respect and dignity, irrespective of ability, gender, sexuality, race, age or contribution to the church.
  • We will act with integrity and honesty in our interactions with each other.

[Communicating with each other]

  • We will communicate respectfully with others, and not in a way that threatens, belittles or humiliates.
  • We will speak with integrity and honesty, and refrain from speculation and gossip.

[Acknowledging difference]

  • We will respect those who are different from us and not isolate or ridicule them.
  • We will listen to and seek to understand the beliefs, opinions and practices of others, even when we do not share their views.

[Responding to conflict]

  • We will accept responsibility for our part in a conflict.
  • We will be willing to play our part in resolving a conflict.

A more extensive code of conduct called FAITHFULNESS_IN_SERVICEalso applies to paid and voluntary clergy and church workers.

From Being Together affirmed by the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia and the Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle