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CAUTION ON INTEGRITY

Those who claim integrity touch anxiety in me
about the comprehension of our faith.

Though I seek it,
I'm nervous of integrity.
Though I need it
I can never reach perfection.
Life in one body teaches us that
none of us can be fully human
until all are human.

We use subordinate words too easily.
without regard to the ordinate,
the fundamental integrity of the globe.
The awesome universal sustained creativity;
that is the context for the lesser search
to deal with just a part of wholeness
in each minute particular of our fiduciary task.

There is an ordinate covenant with everything under the rainbow
that holds subordinate corporate completeness
as a distinct passage in the greater text;
and, equally subordinate,
the intimate sense of inter-dependence,
my own first faltering steps to aspirations
that tackle local earthly matters
and yet touch the spheres

There is an urgency to find appropriate language
for reaching to and through complexity,
not excluding externalities hidden and overt,
seeking genuine inclusiveness,
replacing conceit in achievement at a lower place.

Take everyone's interests seriously;
evoke response-ability;
build just enterprise,
tackle your 'business ethic',
but fail not to feel its tension with the
greater call of 'ethics in business';
form dynamic living systems not rigid machinations;
thus make inclusive and sustainable the company,
and leave integrity to the conceits of fools
or to the one God of Shalom, of Torah,
of land, and wealth, and governance,
of Covenant and Jubilee.
'In Christ shall all be made alive.'

Peter Challen - December 2003