Safe Sanctuary Policies
It is our policy that employees, attendees, and others involved in any way with Common Ground Interfaith Spiritual Center, Inc. are entitled to a safe environment. A safe environment is an environment that is free of harassing conduct and inappropriate behavior of all kinds. A safe environment is an environment that is trustworthy and free from solicitation. We are committed to providing an environment in which the confidence and wellbeing of every individual is fostered.
Harassment is unwelcome conduct toward an individual because of his or her race, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, disability, or any other legally protected status, when the conduct creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment. See Common Ground’s Anti-Harassment Policy.
Our goal is to have an environment where we all treat each other respectfully. Any disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated.
Our goal is to have a trustworthy environment where we all come together without consideration of personal fame or personal profit. Solicitation is uninvited conduct in which an individual advances, urges, persists or otherwise attempts to persuade others to adopt his or her views, purchase products or services, or in any way uses individuals in the spiritual community to advance a personal agenda, personal gain or personal profit.
How to Report a Violation
Do not assume that Common Ground is aware of the problem. It is your responsibility to bring your complaints and concerns to our attention so that we can help resolve them. Immediately report suspected violations of this policy to Reverend Glenda Knox or Reverend Judy DePrete.
Investigation and Response
If you report a complaint of harassment, inappropriate behavior or solicitation we will investigate your concerns. Where there has been a violation of policy, we will take appropriate action to try to avoid future violations. We will inform parties about the status of reviewing their complaints. To respect the privacy and confidentiality of all people involved, we might not share specific details of the action taken.
Spiritual Community Responsibility
Everyone in the spiritual community is responsible for ensuring that Common Ground provides an environment free of harassment, inappropriate behavior and solicitation and that complaints are handled promptly and effectively.
This applies to all employees, attendees and to anyone else involved in any way with Common Ground. This includes customers, vendors, suppliers and contractors. It also applies to all locations and situations where Common Ground's ministry is conducted and to all Common Ground-sponsored social events.
Common Ground ~ A Neutral Meeting Place of Conscious Minds
At Common Ground we intend to be relevant. At the same time, we intend to maintain safe sanctuary by prohibiting divisive political discussion. We encourage everyone to bring for his or her highest hopes for our country. We encourage everyone to become active and engaged in the political process. We encourage everyone to vote his or her conscience. And. We discourage bringing any of that to Common Ground.
Politics separate people, countries, nations, even families. There is no place for polarized political discussion on Common Ground. Common Ground is not the place to take a soapbox position on anything. Everyone is entitled to personal convictions. No one needs or wants to listen to anyone in spiritual community trying to ‘educate’, convince, persuade, convert, influence, or sway opinions.
The Revs remind everyone of their highest intentions to maintain Common Ground as a neutral meeting place of conscious minds. Enjoy politics, but not in spiritual community. Everyone is invited to be mindful of The Revs' simple request to avoid political discussions at Common Ground. Please feel free to contact any one of The Revs if you observe or experience uncomfortable discussions taking place. The Revs are serious about wanting Common Ground to be just that, Common Ground.
Thank you for your willingness to support us in this vision.
Privacy Practices Notice 2017
In the course of our relationship with you we may collect information about you that you have voluntarily provided. We treat this information as confidential and recognize the importance of protecting it. We value your confidence in us. Except where you are expressly informed otherwise, Common Ground Interfaith Spiritual Center, Inc. does not sell, rent, share, trade or give away any of your personal information unless required by law. Participation in any Common Ground mailing list is strictly voluntary and can be cancelled at any time. This notice from Common Ground describes our privacy practices. When state law is more protective of individuals than federal privacy law, we will protect information in accordance with state law consistent with the requirements of federal preemption.
Information we collect
We collect and maintain information about you to provide you with email and postal mail.
We collect certain information about you, such as name, address, telephone numbers and email addresses, from the following sources:
- Information we receive from you on various forms, such as sign-up sheets, information cards and prayer requests
- Information we receive from you on various forms of contributions, such as checks and credit cards
- Information we receive from you on various forms of correspondence
How we protect your information
At Common Ground people are our most valued assets. Protecting your privacy is important to us. We restrict access to personal information about you to those individuals, such as our employees and agents, who provide you our services. We require those individuals to whom we permit access to your information to protect it and keep it confidential. We maintain physical, electronic and procedural safeguards that comply with applicable regulatory standards to guard your nonpublic personal information. We do not disclose any nonpublic personal information about you except as described in this notice.
Information we disclose
We may disclose the nonpublic personal information we collect about you, as described above, to companies that perform mailing services on our behalf, as permitted by law.
Recipients of this notice
Please read this notice carefully to determine your rights with respect to our privacy practices. This notice is in compliance with federal law.