At the Selma CNTR through faith and projects, we believe:
· The beloved community is the journey and not just the destination, it’s the means and the end--it’s how we do the work and why we do the work.
· That broken relationships within and between communities have led to broken economies that have led to broken communities; we do not believe people within communities need to be fixed, but that collectively we can heal relationships, the economy, and communities.
· That there is value in sharing our stories and hearing the stories of others.
· That we are innately powerful and cannot be empowered, but that our power can be ignited, mobilized, and resourced.
· That directly-affected people are leaders with power, and should not just be at the table or participating at the table, but have power at the table--and building new tables.
· That we are more than victims and collaborators or allies, but that we are in a struggle for collective liberation.
· That we who believe in freedom cannot rest, and yet that I must rest, because we value self-care
· In legacy leadership.
· Rules without relationships breeds rebellion. We refuse to win the argument and lose the relationship.
· In justice globally and locally, externally and internally (in our nonprofit and in our relationships).
· We are more than the worst thing we have ever done.
· In meeting people where they are and we are going to love you there and forward.
· In both resisting oppressive institutions, cultures, and systems, and building new institutions, new cultures, and new systems.
· That it is necessary to encourage a shift in hearts and minds and not just laws, creating a cultural shift that the laws eventually reflect.
· That hurting people hurt people, and that healing people heal people.
· That truth comes before reconciliation, and that relationships facilitate the hearing and sharing of our truths, and that sharing our truths facilitates relationships.
· That forgiveness is essential but that forgiveness is not exoneration.
· In the power of love--speaking the truth in love, hearing the truth in love, and holding each other accountable in love.
· In truth and reconciliation within and between communities, and within and between families and individuals--beginning within oneself.
· If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together.
· That our self-interest is inevitably connected to our communal and shared interest.