The Principles of NRTIC

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New Religions Research and Information Centre was established as a result of civic efforts. These efforts were directed against intolerance, limitations of freedom or priority of power. The founders of NRTIC were seeing a problem with religious freedom on the one hand, and on the other hand they understood, that information about religion (especially, about religious minorities) is scarce, it is biased and those who present it are lacking in competence. This problem was addressed by one of the aspects of NRTIC – academic initiatives and research, that would enable the spread of objective information.

These are the principles of NRTIC:

1. Orientation towards civic society. This principle is to be understood as a thorough implementation of the principle of freedom of religion and consciousness. The activities of NRTIC are corrected and redirected according to the needs of the problems of societal life.

2. Orientation towards academics. This principle is to be understood as a strive towards maximum objectivity of the information presented, conferences organized and research carried out.

3. Fairness. This principle is understood as saying the truth while striving to remain in the truth ourselves – this is only possible when defining our values system and pursuits.

4. Openness. This principle is understood as readiness to share the information gathered, invite guests into different gatherings of NRTIC, while giving an opportunity for new people to enter NRTIC activities.

5. Dialogue. This principle involves the cooperation of NRTIC both with partners abroad and in Lithuania, searching for contacts with non-governmental organizations, working in different aspects of building civil society, especially where they try to minimize the social isolation and build up tolerance.

6. Tolerance. This principle is binding for NRTIC both in it's external activities and internal operations. It defines a way of interpersonal relationships, that allows to live with different perspectives, different thinking and different world-views.

7. Equity. This principle establishes that NRTIC approaches (and acts on) different phenomena and problems impartially, first of all trying to understand and resolve, rather than condemn and repress.

8. Constructiveness. This principle means that NRTIC strives to start projects and participate only in such projects, where it sees social, civic and academic value. NRTIC avoids projects designed just to create an image or realize ambitions.

9. Collegiality. NRTIC activities are based on the mutual understanding of it's members and personnel, that arises from internal seminars, open discussions and objective discussion of arising problems within the organization itself.

Approved by the Board of Governors on February 4, 2005 with the authority delegated by the Founding Council