mission-statement

Catholic Tumblr statement

A long time ago, I published a Tumblr mission statement for Catholics. I have completely reworked that old Mission Statement and have now published a new statement. If you, my fellow Catholics, find the statement to be in agreement with your confession of faith, I invite you to either like or reblog it.

This will give new Catholics joining Tumblr a sense of where certain bloggers stand, in matters of their faith. It is not meant to be a “liberal” or “traditional” statement, but simply Catholic, without qualifiers and conditions using political terms. 

I hope it gives expression for those of us who blog on Tumblr and want a clear expression of how we see things, even if our blog is not a specifically “Catholic blog.” Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, enfold all of you in their love and keep you on the road to Heaven–Father Angel Sotelo

1)      I believe it is essential to the Catholic name, and identity, to give religious assent to those doctrines, and liturgical forms of worship, which have been proposed by the Magisterium of the Pope, or the Magisterium of the college of bishops, in union with the pope.

2)      Even those teachings of the pope and bishops which have not been defined as dogma, but are part of their ordinary teaching office as Shepherds of the Church, should be shown public respect. If a Catholic cannot presently give assent to certain teachings, they should pray, study, and seek understanding from faithful guides.

3)      Since dissension is the cause of much division and anger among Catholic disciples, a Catholic should not publicly and on social networks, sow the seeds of dissent against Church teaching and approved liturgy, nor ridicule other Catholics for maintaining faith with the Teaching Church.

4)      I believe in reaching out to fellow Catholics who struggle with Church doctrines and moral teachings. Insofar as such Catholics maintain union with the Teaching Church, and accept the Magisterium of the Church as the final arbiter and authority in doctrine, I can have communication and accept that I am dealing with a fellow Catholic.

5)      The social teachings and pastoral applications of doctrine do not bind the Catholic conscience, as much as dogma, in the hierarchy of Gospel truths. These social teachings express prudential judgments, specific options, and methods of response, by the Shepherds, to those who are hurting, oppressed, and marginalized.

6)      Nonetheless, while good Catholics can disagree on how justice is to be obtained for the hurting, the oppressed, and the marginalized, it is also essential to the Catholic name and identity that we all be gravely concerned for battling injustices, and not merely seek to teach doctrine and liturgy.

7)    I will strive to focus discussion and emotions around ideas, either truthful or mistaken, instead of what attacks a person, a fellow blogger, especially with direct cussing and vulgarities.

8)    I believe that my mission, as a Catholic on Tumblr, is to build up fellow Catholics into the Communion of Saints, which is the Church, to form friendships, to help heal, to pray for, and help call other Catholics to accountability for their Christian witness on a social network. Supported by the Body of Christ, I hope to show truth, humor, and courage before all people that I meet on Tumblr.

9)    Finally, I will encourage frequent confession, the holy reception of Communion at Sunday Mass, Holy Hours of Adoration, recitation of the Rosary, devotion to the angels and saints, the purity of body and soul and perseverance in our Holy Faith until the coming in glory of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Looking for Victuuri fanfic?

Look no further. 

Originally posted by mehness

Our mission here at Victuuri Pages is to help catalog and rec fics that we (the admins) have personally read and enjoyed. 

Looking for a certain fic? Drop us an ask, and we’d be happy to find it for you!
The same goes for recs; if you’re looking for a certain type of fic, we’ll gladly put together a list for you!

We’re just getting started, but we hope that with time, Victuuri Pages grows to be your go-to source for all your fanfic needs concerning the beautiful, canon ship that is Katsuki Yuuri/Victor Nikiforov.

Let us know if you have any questions and/or concerns, and, most importantly, happy reading! ❤

of course you are wild. you are the fire they suffocated because their eyes burned in the brightness. you are the wolf they kenneled because they feared you could fight them. you are made from ichor and despite your struggle you still show such kindness. you were never the tight cages they chained you in. you are much more. you are a dragon.

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My tattoo is called an Udjat. The Eye of Horus. My mother had one. After… what happened, I got it to honor her memory. She always told me that it was a symbol of protection. I thought that meant it would protect me. I just realized that I was wrong. It means… I am the one who protects.

If than you do not make yourself equal to God, you cannot apprehend God; for like is known by like. Leap clear of all that is corporeal, and make yourself grow to a like expanse with that greatness which is beyond all measure; rise above all time, and become eternal; then you will apprehend God. Think that for you too nothing is impossible; deem that you too are immortal, and that you are able to grasp all things in you thought, to know every craft and every science; find your home in the haunts of every living creature; make yourself higher than all heights, and lower than all depths; bring together in yourself all opposites of quality, heat and cold dryness and fluidity; think that you are everywhere at once, on land, at sea, in heaven; think that you are not yet begotten, that you are in the womb, that you are young, that you are old, that you have died, that you are in the world beyond the grave; grasp in your thought all this at once, all times and places, all substances and qualities and magnitudes together; then you can apprehend God. But if you shut up your soul in your body, and abase yourself, and say “I know nothing, I can do nothing; I am afraid of earth and sea, I cannot mount to heaven; I know not what I was, nor what I shall be”; then, what have you to do with God? Your thought can grasp nothing beautiful and good, if you cleave to the body, and are evil.
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Hermes Trismegistus

MISSION STATEMENT, CORE VALUES, AND SHARED GOALS FOR HOAX ZINE

In order to ensure that all contributors are on a similar page, we have re-written Hoax’s Mission Statement, in addition to creating the zine’s Core Values and Shared Goals. 

MISSION STATEMENT

Hoax is a US annual queer feminist compilation zine that aims to create a space to share our own truths. People of all lived experiences are encouraged to submit! Contributors do not have to identify with a particular gender and/or as feminists in order to submit work to Hoax. We ask that all potential collaborators, regardless of political and/or personal self-identities, actively agree to Hoax’s Core Values and Shared Goals before working on the project.

CORE VALUES

We aim to integrate the following core values into all of Hoax’s manifestations as a project:

Accessibility: Circulating content that will be well-received by readers with various levels of reading comprehension skills and keeping the monetary price of the zine at a consistent and optimally affordable amount

Accountability: Reflecting upon our individual privileges and access to various forms of capital, holding ourselves accountable for participation (active or passive) in violence and exclusion perpetuated under the guise of feminism, and accepting constructive criticism to make gender liberation safer for people who are typically marginalized within feminist circles

Education: Taking discussions of feminisms and feminist-related material outside of academia through sharing personal stories and research-driven essays, calling attention to the past and present efforts of feminist-positive work, and learning together via the process of collaborative editing

Empowerment: Bearing witness to people whose voices are traditionally marginalized, erased, silenced, and/or devalued and engaging with the discomfort of having our viewpoints critically challenged, as well as ensuring that Hoax collaborators are monetarily compensated for their emotional labor which is unfortunately rare or hard to come by in the creative arts

Safety: Prioritizing the safety of writers and artists by allowing them the option to use pen names and intentionally keeping Hoax’s material off the internet, and of readers by circulating a list of detailed topics of essays to allow them the ability to decide for themselves which material has the potential to be triggering/upsetting/uncomfortable to them

SHARED GOALS

We attempt to accomplish the following for Hoax with our collaborators:

  • To prioritize the narratives of those whom are commonly excluded within liberal feminism (including, but not limited to, people of color, non-westerners, transgender individuals and transgender women specifically, undocumented people, people whom have been incarcerated, and people engaged in transactional sex trades)
  • To present varied, dissimilar narratives together in one zine in an attempt to debunk binaries of “valid” and “invalid” experiences related to anti-oppression work
  • To enable readers to bear witness to the experiences of others and be active listeners
  • To conduct community organizing and consciousness raising work via the relational process of mutual collaboration and editing  
  • To decenter the narratives of our lived experiences as they relate to factors such as race, gender, sexuality, and disability
  • To outwardly challenge gender essentialism, transphobia, white supremacy, classism, homophobia, ableism, and the Western-centric imperialist lens
  • To lay the groundwork for critical discussions about hegemonic power and identity development outside academia and an academic lens
  • To make marginalized voices, vital information, and independent artists accessible in a print format
  • To carry over contemporary and relevant discussions from online and blog circles into the analog world
  • To utilize a small-scale form of do-it-together education
  • To allow readers autonomy, control, and freedom in deciding what enclosed material has the potential to be triggering to them
  • To keep print culture alive through active engagement with local, USian, and international independent publishing circles
  • To lend critical analyses to the means of zine distribution and promotion and only work in solidarity with distros, groups, and organizations that subscribe to anti-capitalist and feminist-positive politics
  • To provide space for information about current feminist-centered and -friendly efforts, groups, and organizations
  • To invest all procured funds to the continuation and sustainability of the project, and at times, to donate the finalized material to community-based efforts in need when the editors establish that doing so is fiscally responsible and possible
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Inspirational leader #2: Guy Kawasaki

I dunno if its the ring to this guy’s accent or what he’s saying or both, but i find this guy mesmerizing and very funny. Also anything a founding “evangelist” from apple says about business is worth listening too.
Absolutely love his 10-20-30 rule:

When presenting to a VC use a max of 10 slides, take no more then 20 minutes and use font size 30.

Statement of Purpose (written by Joneil Adriano in 1995)

April 17, 1995

As Queers of Color, we are forced to straddle a history of division. Historically speaking, the struggle for racial equality has been heterosexist in its vision, and the queer liberation movement has been predominantly Euro-centric in its scope. As people who struggle with our own questions of identity, we are also burdened by the need to find a tenuous balance between groups that have traditionally displayed open hostility towards each other, framing their struggles as entirely separate, completely independent missions.

We reject such a view. A historical perspective shows that the highly complex processes that constructed the identities of people of color as the villified Other also resulted in an often unspoken consequence: heterosexism. Men of color have been constructed as maniacal sexual perverts, women of color as exotic sexual objects, white women as passive sexual victims, and white men as virile sexual protectors.

While the creation of racialized gender stereotypes are obvious, what is not so obvious is the normalization of sexuality along lines of race and gender. From this normalization results compulsory heterosexuality, and its flip-side, homophobia. During the period of European imperialism that heralded the beginning of modern racism, the considerable number of institutions and cultural practices of same-sex sexual behavior in colonialized societies were destroyed by an imposed compulsory heterosexuality.

Clearly the roots of racism and heterosexism are not independent, but rather intimately connected. Any recognition of racism must necessarily recognize sexism and homophobia at the same time. Any liberation movement that does not do so denies the complexity of its oppression, and is doomed to failure in its struggle against the oppression as a result.

But current conventional wisdom insists that the struggles against various oppressions must not be combined. As a result, Queers of Color are often marginalized within groups that are already marginalized. We are forced to fight racism and homophobia in society at large, as well as racism within the queer community, and homophobia within communities of color. We must face a constant onslaught of multiple oppressions, coming from all directions at once. What is lacking, and blatantly so, is a safe space in the University community where Queers of Color are marginalized no further, and are free to discuss and address issues and concerns that are unique to our situation.

But at the same time, we also recognize the importance of linking oppressions. From our perspective, we see, on a day to day basis, the intersections of racism and homophobia, as well as their connections with sexism, classism, and other forms of discrimination. We also recognize the importance of collective action and struggle, and are committed to such strategies in combating and destroying institutionalized racism and heterosexism, as well as other forms of oppression.

As a result, Queers of Color is committed to an organization that does not discriminate on any basis, especially race and sexual preference. We welcome anyone and everyone who is committed to addressing issues and concerns that affect many people, but Queers of Color in particular. We claim unity with all organizations that are committed to fighting racism and homophobia. And we look forward to the day when society is truly and totally egalitarian.

In the tradition of the Combahee River Collective, and in the footsteps of Queers of Color like James Baldwin and Audre Lorde, Cherrie Moraga and Jewel Gomez, and Nick Deocampo, we rightfully claim our place.

5 Tips for a Useful Mission Statement
What Does Your Company Really Do?

Does your company “aim to be a leader of quality products, customer service, and innovation for tomorrow?” So do thousands of others. Sure, this statement sounds nice, but it means very little to your customers—and employees. An intelligible mission statement is essential to clarify the intentions of your business. Traditionally, mission statements are a blend of realism and optimism—two terms generally at odds with one another—and striking a balance between the two is the ultimate key to writing a great mission statement. So before you start your start-up, be sure to review these five tips on developing a truly effective mission statement.

Include the 4 Key Elements

Sure, mission statements can—and should—have that optimistic spin, but they ought to serve a real purpose. There are four key elements found in effective statements: Value, inspiration, plausibility, and specificity. In a couple of short sentences, you should be able to convey the value of your company or why your brand exists, inspire and encourage your employees, sound completely reasonable and plausible, and be as specific and relevant as possible. Find a key theme for your company, and make sure each of these components revolve around it.

Keep It Short and Sweet

Remember: This is a mission statement, not a mission essay. Try to sum up your entire company’s mission in one or two sentences. Think of it this way: Your mission statement, at its absolute best, should be able to double as your slogan. Concise mission statements are also more memorable and effective. So there’s no need to make it overly complicated; just state the purpose of your company, your reason for starting it in the first plac

Consider Long-Term vs. Short-Term

Mission statements can be wildly different from one company to the next. The idea here is to choose whether you want your company’s statement to reflect its short-term goals or its long-term aspirations. Be sure to choose only one; specificity is key to an influential mission. While short-term mission statements allow you to be more specific with your goals, they also need to be updated more often to stay relevant. If you want the statement to be a long-term reflection, use global language indicative of your company’s purpose, regardless of how much your company might expand in the future.

Test It

If you’re revamping your statement, don’t blindside your employees with the new message; test it out on them first. Distribute drafts of the mission statement to every employee, and ask them what, if anything, should be added or changed. Not only will you get a better, more comprehensive statement, but your employees will be more invested in it because they helped form it. Your mission statement needs to accurately reflect your company, and being transparent with your employees will help create a great message.

Revisit It Often

Evolution is inevitable. However, all too often a mission statement is written around the time of a company’s birth and then forgotten about. Your statement ought to be an important representation of your company culture. It’s an opportunity to institute an overall sense of identity and should be constantly maintained and referred to. Incorporate the ideas and themes of the statement in how you run your business, and be sure to revisit it regularly to make any necessary changes. No company ever stays exactly the same. Tweaking your statement ensures that it constantly parallels the direction of your company.