Ethics and Reconciliation Council (EAR)

Current EAR Council Members: Matthew Baldwin, Sharon Beckman-Brindley, Julie Convisser (Co-Chair), Phil DuPont, Dan Meador, Liz Reynolds (Co-Chair), and Kristina Weaver

Email IMCC.EAR@gmail.com if you wish to convey a confidential comment, question, or concern and someone in the EAR Council will get in touch with you.

The EAR Council is here to listen!

Buddhist ethics provides a foundation for the teaching, practice and community life of the Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville. As a lay community, we are guided by the five training precepts of abstaining from killing, taking what is not given, sexual misconduct, unwholesome speech, and intoxication. These five are also the basis for the IMCC Teachers’ Code of Ethics.

As in the world at large, conflicts will inevitably arise within the IMCC community. As members of IMCC, we embrace the learning that is inherent in mindfully approaching conflict, and hold an intention of mutual respect and reconciliation when this occurs. When IMCC community difficulties cannot be resolved through ordinary informal processes, these difficulties are referred to the IMCC Ethics and Reconciliation (EAR) Council, which then follows the procedure  delineated in the IMCC EAR Council Mission Statement. The EAR Council comprises at least one teacher, one board member, and one general community member.

The EAR Council is here to provide confidential consultation to anyone who has conflict or ethical concerns within the IMCC community, and may function as a simple sounding board for concerns, as facilitators for deeper personal or community-wide reflection, or as a source of guidance in how best to resolve a given conflict. In these instances, EAR Council members are available to be mediators or witnesses for discussion between parties in conflict, and among groups and the wider Sangha. 

Current EAR Council Members: Sharon Beckman-Brindley, Julie Convisser (Co-Chair), Phil DuPont, Dan Meador, Liz Reynolds (Co-Chair), and Kristina Weaver

Email IMCC.EAR@gmail.com if you wish to convey a confidential comment, question, or concern and someone in the EAR Council will get in touch with you.




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