By Doug Helman, Executive Director —
There are many things that I appreciate about our affiliation with Kendal, our Quaker heritage being one, and sharing of ideas being another. I was fortunate to see those two areas of appreciation intersect at a previous meeting between other Kendal Executive Directors and Kendal corporate staff.
A topic on the meeting agenda asked Executive Directors to describe how their community inculcates Kendal’s Values and Practices and Quaker heritage into the employee orientation process. It became evident in the conversation that most communities were doing something similar, but none were doing exactly the same thing … fortunately that’s pretty true with anything Kendal, which is something else I enjoy about “The Kendal Way”!
Kendal at Granville takes a similar approach to many other Kendal communities in that I and other Executive Directors are the individuals covering Kendal’s Values and Practices and Quaker heritage during “in-class” employee orientation. Similarly, all communities are touching on key highlights of the Values and Practices booklet and its connection to Quakerism. However, most communities are using different teaching mechanisms to accomplish the task.
When explaining the connection between Kendal Values and Quakerism, it’s important for people to have some knowledge of Quaker beliefs. As such, a couple of Kendal communities often reference a commonly used acronym for six Quaker testimonies. We’ve never used the acronym at Granville, so I thought I would share the secret ingredient to their recipe … fair to say that it’s all in the SPICES.
- Simplicity: Quakers believe that our desire for possessions can distract us from what’s most important, being good to others.
- Peace: Quakers believe that war and violence do not solve disagreements, it only makes people suffer. Quakers believe that world peace begins with each of us.
- Integrity: Quakers believe that we should be honorable in all that we do and say. It’s important to say what we mean and mean what we say.
- Community: Quakers believe that it is very important to be a good neighbor, which could be the people we live with or near, or people at our meetings or churches.
- Equality: Quakers believe there is that of God in everyone and that all are created equal.
- Stewardship: To live with simplicity and integrity, we need to do a good job taking care of the things we own and use. Quakers believe in trying to leave the world a better place.
Though we have never used SPICES in our teaching, I can think of many examples in our community where we use SPICES in our recipe. Our Holiday Potluck and upcoming St. Patrick’s Day Gathering are just a couple examples of Community. I invite you to ponder other SPICES used in the Kendal at Granville recipe … doing so will give you the secret to our special sauce!