Hospitality, respect, citizenship, secularism, responsibility: these are the five principles that guide the actions of our community centres.
Hospitality embodies the ambition at the heart of the community centres, whose first task is to welcome people with dignity, consideration, gratitude and enthusiasm.
Hospitality is the art and the manner of greeting and receiving people in a kind and friendly way, of taking care of others.
The respect due to others and to the environment is embodied by collective actions that take into consideration the potential and the personality of every individual.
The association, as an advocate of gender equality, is actively involved in the fight against sexism.
Citizenship linked to sociocultural activities has a crucial role to play in the making of the social fabric by offering an alternative to those who might otherwise be tempted to turn to inward-facing groups, avoiding or even excluding others, regardless of universal values. Being a citizen in today’s society means uniting with other human beings, becoming informed; thinking critically, encouraging participation in the life of the community. Hence we favour social interactions and create a sense of community, while at the same time making sure that the specificity of each individual is recognized and respected by the community at large.
Furthermore, there is a global aspect to citizenship as much as there is a local one. This global citizenship is imbued with the need to respect our ecological environment and to strive to make the world a sustainable place. For this reason, our community centres offer activities favouring environmental awareness, mainly though our educational farm.
Secularism is a universal societal principle which implies the separation of religious and political powers, therefore freeing the public institutions from any sort of religious or political pressure.
Written into the history and statutes of the ACAQB, this translates as a will to recognize the universal humanity and the freedom of every individual, and to empower each and every one with the same rights and duties.
Emancipation is achieved independently from ideological or religious determinism. Our association defends independence of thought, freedom of conscience, the right to believe or not, the right to doubt, the development of critical reasoning in order to enable everyone to decipher our world’s inner workings and play an active part in its transformation.
The duty of our association is to hand down the ideal of secularism as a precious legacy to the upcoming generations.
It is a duty shared by all the members of the French republic.
By responsibility, we mean “to vouch for, to answer for”.
Behind this is the idea that belonging to a community and being part of a society means that each individual member is responsible for his actions, with regard to others.
This poses real questions, such as: who is responsible for what, and for whom?
How do we ensure that everyone feels responsible for society as a whole?
How do we bring about and maintain that sense of responsibility?