This-essay is a9908152.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %PRESBYNET UNITY MEETING OPEN NOTE #557 IMPORTANT+990815 %ESSENTIAL PERSONAL COMMUNAL INTEGRITY SCRIPTURE+990815 %ABSENCE ALIENATION ESTRANGEMENT DISTRUST HONESTY+990815 %EXCHANGE GIFTS FREEDOM BEING SAFELY VULNERABLE+990815 %COERCIVE VIOLENT DOMINANCE HONESTY INTIMACY SIN 990815 What is essential to personal and communal integrity and unity? In coming days I will be suggesting some features in our relationships which are essential to our enjoyment of personal and communal integrity; i.e., and unity. While I believe that my suggestions will be reflective of the whole of scriptures --- I will make no attempt to quote book, chapter and verse. To say that some feature is essential to integrity --- is not equivalent as saying that it is more important than any other feature. Many features are essential to integrity in interwoven ways. The absence of essential feature --- leads naturally to alienation, estrangement, distrust, dishonesty, and disintegration. I hope to offer helpful descriptions; not commandments, prescriptions or proscriptions. An essential foundation for our integrity is the freedom to be safely vulnerable in open and honest dialogue about what matters most to us. This essential is about freedom from punitive: alienation, estrangement, condemnation and/or excommunication. This essential is NOT about "honestly" answering coercive and/or prejudicial questions. It is NOT about being free of all risks. It is NOT about freedom from all boundaries and limitations. In the absence of this essential to integrity --- many people and their relationships are tragically: alienated, uninformed, ignorant, confused, biased, prejudiced, manipulative, coercive, secretive and deceptive. In the absence of this essential --- may people become victims of evil relationships. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in www.essayz.com Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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