The Nine Virtues described in the ADF Dedicant Path are proposed as a starting point for individuals embracing a value system inspired by traditions of the past. Utilizing the ADF nine virtues, develop a Code of Ethics for your use as ADF Clergy. Describe how you derived this code from the Nine Virtues and how you would apply this Code. (No minimum word count for the Code; however the Code must contain a minimum of five principles; 300 words minimum for the description)
As Clergy I will see issues with a clear, unbiased vision and initiate the necessary action to resolve them.
As Clergy I will continually educate myself on recent situations within my local community, the ADF community, and appropriate world events that may influence concerns within these communities to better share my wisdom with the folk.
As Clergy I will conduct myself with ethical integrity in all proceedings where I am acting as a source of guidance and leadership.
As Clergy I will remain pious in all clergy-lay activity to nurture my relationship with the Kindred and the folk.
As Clergy I will offer reasonable hospitality and impartial understanding to those in need.
My Clergy Code of Ethics, as derived from the Nine virtues is bare-boned and to the point simply because much of what I adhere to as Clergy (also nicknamed a few years back as “Reverend No-Bullshit”) is pretty much common sense. I have written an article in the past that was published in Oak Leaves that references the nine virtues as applied to ethics in Personal Finance Management. This is just another example of how these virtues can be applied in various facets of life administration, such as with Clergy-lay relationships with the folk.
A good way to start an application of a Code of Ethics is to carry a copy with you to review before all dealings as Clergy. A reference sheet or card of sorts will help keep the Code at close-hand at all times and act as a refreshing commodity for when a new or tough situation arises when we need to act as Clergy. This is also a tool that we as Clergy can use to inform our prospective confessor or patron of the type of Code that we follow so that they also know the foundation of our ethics before relaying any sensitive information or situations to us.
Another good way to apply our personal Clergy Ethics is somehow adding them to our daily affirmations to reinforce the ideals that we wish to fulfill as Clergy. We will not always have advanced notice when our services are needed, so a daily refresher will allow us to accomplish that.
Essentially my Code of Ethics is a way for me to be as fair and unbiased as possible in all encounters where I am acting as Clergy. I see these Ethics as a foundation in which I can provide proper services for all people regardless of disability, sexual-orientation, racial ethnicity, or ineptitude.
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