Saturday, December 5, 2020

International Anti-Corruption Day--9 December 2020

Into Integrity--Into 2020
Go Boldly Into the Darkness

Live in integrity--Unite for integrity
#HealUsToo  --  #MyOrganizationToo  --  #PetraPeopleNet

Image © and courtesy Katy A. O'Donnell
Into Integrity blogpost/podcast (19 December 2019)

Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. (Romans 13:10-12)


Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. (Ephesians 5: 8-11)

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Warm greetings!

1. Into Integrity Update
The 6th of December 2020 marks the one year anniverary of Part Two of the 
Into Integrity FAST. We continue the FAST call for the assistance and integrity of specific Christian organizations, leaders, and people affected by the international NCI fraud: verifiably disclose via internal and independent reviews, make right the wrongful dismissals, and do what is “good, right, and true before the Lord your God’ (2 Chronicles 31:20).

Also:
--Have a listen to our podcast: 
Awaken the Good—Heal the Body: A Personal Exhortation for Specific Leaders (20 December 2019). We continue the ongoing efforts to call for and pray for repentance and healing in the international Church Mission Community. 

--Have a listen to our 
podcast: Confronting Corruption in Our Midst: Principles for Courage, Integrity and Action (12 December 2019). It is a reflection of this Updates message to "go boldly into the darkness as we live in integrity and unite for integrity."
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2. UN Anti-Corruption Day (9 December 2020). This year continues the United Nations’ multi-year theme "United Against Corruption." Have a look at website for more information and resources—ideas about how you and your organization can be involved in fighting corruption throughout the year. See the one minute video overview here. Find practical ways to get further informed and further involved!

Also note the 19th International Anti-Corruption Conference is taking place virtually and for free, 30 November--5 December. The theme is  Designing 2030: Truth, Trust, and Transparency. Archives hopefully availble too. "A global community of anti-corruption experts have contributed to the programme…[and] more than 500 speakers…Together, we will assess the future we want to see in 2030, examine the challenges of combating corruption in the current political climate, and connect with filmmakers, activists and journalists who lead innovative and effective advocacy and action against corruption.”

  
See also Global Integrity Day, 9 June: Moral Lives MatterThis special, annual day is a time to reflect, teach, and collaborate on ways to integrate integrity in all we do throughout the entire year. At the bottom of the site there is an opportunity to stand with others in solidarity by publicly endorsing this special Day—this ongoing effort--as an individual, project, organization, and/or network. 
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3. Exposing Dysfunction and Deviance (DD). Have a look at the five "tactics" in this grid from A Summons to A Global Integrity Movement (Lausanne Global Analysis, 2018). It is a tool to help us recognize "the presence and progression of DD in organizational settings...[and] can also be used as a mirror into one’s own integrity." This grid is based on material in Wise as Doves and Innocent as Serpents? (2012 version) and can be used in conjunction with another grid in this article,  Suggestions for Dealing with Dysfunction/Toxicity (Reality DOSE! website).

  • Deny. Conceal DD. ‘Don’t ask about problems (even obvious ones), don’t tell about problems, and don’t rock the boat’ is a pervasive, core, unwritten rule.
  • Downplay. Minimize DD’s negative impact. State that it is probably ‘normal’. Relational unity and conformity trump truth and genuine relationships.
  • Distract. Distract from the real DD issues. ‘Feign pain’ and get sympathy; or admit that something is ‘not exactly right’ and refer to problems as being largely a matter of having different perspectives/preferences–a need to agree to disagree.
  • Discredit. Belittle those who point out or inquire about DD. Silence them. Instill an atmosphere of fear of reprisals and intimidation to prevent people from speaking up or calling for good practice.
  • Destroy. Demolish people’s reputations, contributions, relationships, and wellbeing. Use half-truths, spin, lies, rumors, threats, false accusations, and dismissals. Reap the benefits of control, position, respect, status quo, and revenue streams.

See also: Ten Resources for Integrity and Anti-Corruption (2010-2020). This short article presents core examples of the Lausanne Movement’s historical efforts in advocating for integrity and supporting collaborative efforts to promote moral resilience and relevance within the international Church Mission Community. The 10 resources (articles and videos) can be stimulating tools for group discussions and applications as we endeavor to "go boldly into the darkness."


“These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other
and render true and sound judgment in your courts; do not plot evil against each other,
and do not love to swear falsely. I hate all this,” declares the Lord…
Therefore love truth and peace.” 
Zechariah 8:16,19

Go Boldly into the Darkness
Live in integrity--Unite for integrity

Kelly and Michèle
Smallprointegritynet@gmail.com


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Into Integrity

Thank you for your encouragement, support, and prayers. 


The purpose of Into Integrity is to call attention to--and confront--the lack of disclosures by specific organizations/leaders/people affected by the international Nordic Capital Investment KB fraud (NCI) as well as the related, wrongful dismissals directed at Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell. It has featured a 40 day FAST (part one 6-26 June 2019 and part two 6-26 December 2019): FAsting for genuine contrition and STriking for resolute action within the Church Mission Community (CMC).

Integrity is moral wholeness—living consistently in moral wholeness. Corruption is moral rottenness, the opposite of integrity--the distortion, perversion, and deterioration of moral goodness, resulting in the exploitation of people. Global integrity is living consistently in moral wholeness at all levels--individual, interpersonal, institutional, and international--across sectors and settings, local through global, systemic and structural.

Going further--See also:

--links for comments by colleagues expressing their strong support for the specific calls to people and organizations for integrity, disclosures, and confronting wrongful dismissals;

--links for the Into Integrity 
podcasts and blogposts: seven by Kelly (Part One, June 2019) and seven by Michèle and Kelly (Part Two, December 2019);

--links to the latest 
PETRA People weblog focusing on a) new rsources for integrity and anti-corrption and b) continuing the call for assistance by specific leaders, organizations and others affected by the international NCI fraud: the Professional Review, the Healing the Body summary-summons, and the Integrity Petition. 
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Shine the Light-Together!

Don’t be intimidated. Eventually everything is going to be out in the open, and everyone will know how things really are. So don’t hesitate to go public now. Don’t be bluffed into silence by the threats of bullies. There’s nothing they can do to your soul, your core being. Save your fear for God, who holds your entire life—body and soul—in his hands. Matthew 10: 26-28, The Message

Friday, June 5, 2020

Global Integrity Day--9 June 2020

Into Integrity--Into 2020
Moral Lives Matter

Love truth, peace, and people
Unite for integrity--Live in integrity

#HealUsToo -- #MyOrganizationToo
#BlackLivesMatter -- #PetraPeopleNet

#GlobalIntegrityDay
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“These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other
and render true and sound judgment in your courts; do not plot evil against each other,
and do not love to swear falsely. I hate all this,” declares the Lord…
Therefore love truth and peace.” 
Zechariah 8:16,19

Warm greetings!

1. Fight Racism and Corruption
We are standing in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the USA and all around the world who are fighting the corruption of entrenched racism as well as the many forms of exploitation including massive human rights violations, gross inequalities, and pervasive multi-dimensional poverty. You must not be forgotten and forsaken. In new ways in the coming days, we call on us all to not only demand change and work for change, but to be the change ourselves.  See 
"Seven Ways You Can Step Up for Racial Justice Now" (Global Citizen, 2 June 2020).



Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. Proverbs 31:8-9

Rescue those being led away to death;
hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done? Proverbs 24:11-12

2. Global Integrity Day
We are also launching the first Global Integrity Day, commemorating it on 9 June 2020. This special, annual day is something which we have been calling for since 
December 2016, to “put the global spotlight on moral health for a more-whole world” (see Global Integration Update, January 2019).

It is a positive day to reflect, teach, and collaborate on ways to integrate integrity in all we do throughout the entire year. It is a day to promote: a) cultivating lifestyles of integrity from the individual through the international levels; b) working together to address the causes and consequences of corruption in its many forms; and c) 
collaborating for just and equitable societies marked with wellbeing for all persons/peoples and for the planet (see Everyday Global Heroes: Moral Lives Matter, January 2017).

Global Integrity Day is also a solemn day to consider our ways: if we are lying and/or stealing in any way big or small, then stop it. If we need to right a wrong we have done, then do so. Be the people we need--Build the world we need.

We hope in due course that it will be designated both as a new 
United Nations International Day and as a companion day to the already designated International Anti-Corruption Day (9 December). In the meantime, we invite friends and colleagues around the world, and organizations large and small, to join together in solidarity, finding  common ground for the common good, to commemorate this special day and its inauguration on 9 June 2020 and throughout the year.


More information is on the new website for Global Integrity Day. Towards the bottom of the site there is an opportunity to stand in solidarity by publicly endorsing this special Day—this ongoing effort--as an individual, project, organization, and/or network. 

3. Into Integrity Update
Today 6 June 2020 marks the start of the 
Into Integrity FAST one year ago. We continue to call for the assistance and integrity of specific Christian organizations, leaders, and people affected by the international NCI fraud: verifiably disclose via internal and independent reviews and do what is “good, right, and true before the Lord your God’ (2 Chronicles 31:20). Have a listen to our podcast: Awaken the Good—Heal the Body: A Personal Exhortation for Specific Leaders (20 December 2019). And we continue in the ongoing efforts to call for and pray for repentance and healing in the international Church Mission Community.  Have a listen to ourpodcast: Confronting Corruption in Our Midst: Principles for Courage, Integrity and Action (12 December 2019).
 
Moral lives matter.
Love truth, peace, and people.
Unite for integrity—Live in integrity.


Best wishes from Europe and the USA,

Kelly and Michèle

prointegritynet@gmail.com



Integrity is moral wholeness—living consistently in moral wholeness. Corruption is moral rottenness, the opposite of integrity--the distortion, perversion, and deterioration of moral goodness, resulting in the exploitation of people. Global integrity is living consistently in moral wholeness at all levels--individual, interpersonal, institutional, and international--across sectors and settings, local through global, systemic and structural.
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Don’t be intimidated. Eventually everything is going to be out in the open, and everyone will know how things really are. So don’t hesitate to go public now. Don’t be bluffed into silence by the threats of bullies. There’s nothing they can do to your soul, your core being. Save your fear for God, who holds your entire life—body and soul—in his hands. Matthew 10: 26-28, The Message

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Thank you for your encouragement, support, and prayers. 
Love never ceases.
 


The purpose of Into Integrity is to call attention to--and confront--the lack of disclosures by specific organizations/leaders/people affected by the international Nordic Capital Investment KB fraud (NCI) as well as the related, wrongful dismissals directed at Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell. It has featured a 40 day FAST (part one 6-26 June 2019 and part two 6-26 December 2019): FAsting for genuine contrition and STriking for resolute action within the Church Mission Community (CMC).

Going further--See also:

--links for comments by colleagues expressing their strong support for the specific calls to people and organizations for integrity, disclosures, and confronting wrongful dismissals;

--links for the Into Integrity 
podcasts and blogposts: seven by Kelly (Part One, June 2019) and seven by Michèle and Kelly (Part Two, December 2019);

--links to the latest 
PETRA People weblog focusing on a) New Resources for Confronting the Corruption Pandemic and b) continuing the call for assistance by specific leaders, organizations and others affected by the international NCI fraud: the Professional Review, the Healing the Body summary-summons, and the Integrity Petition. 
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Shine the Light-Together!
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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

FAST Day 39/40

Fearing the Lord
A Ghost Story of Christmas...and More:
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Learning from the Ghosts of Corruption
Living in the Light of Integrity
Loving Truth, Peace, People 
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oin together to support the Into Integrity FAST, 6-26 December 2019


“...you have yet a chance and hope of escaping my fate.”
Illustration by John Leach,  A Christmas Carol, 1843, original edition

Stand up--Speak out--Live in integrity

“These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other
and render true and sound judgment in your courts; do not plot evil against each other,
and do not love to swear falsely. I hate all this,” declares the Lord…
Therefore love truth and peace.” 
Zechariah 8:16,19

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Dear colleagues,
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We have just done the seventh and final podcast and this blogpost here in Part Two of the Into Integrity FAST (see purpose statement at end). Thank you for joining with us!



Our theme is Fearing the Lord: Learn from the Ghosts of Corruption—Live in the Light of Integrity—Love Truth, Peace, and People. This theme also serves to summarize the messages from all seven podcasts-blogposts. 



You can listen to the podcast HERE.
We share three powerful exhortations that can inform our efforts to stand in solidarity; to promote good practice and integrity; and  to bring healing to the international Church Mission Community and to the specific organizations, leaders, and people affected by the international NCI fraud.


--Exhortation 1: Learn from the Ghosts of Corruption. An excerpt from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas CarolA Ghost Story of Christmas in which Scrooge is solemnly warned by Marley’s ghost. Repent while you have time. You still have a chance to influence human matters for good.


--Exhortation 2: Live in the Light of Integrity. The conclusion from Rand Guebert’s Professional Review about the NCI fraud, organizations/networks, and the overlapping wrongful dismissals. It is not too late to act with integrity and to seek redress both publicly and privately.


--Exhortation 3. Love Truth, Peace, and People. Three of the core Scriptures that have guided us over the past 12 years in confronting corruption and living in integrity, from Jesus and Zechariah. Fear God. Seek truth not popularity.  And love truth, peace, and people.

Film trailer HERE.
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"The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.
On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds." 
2 Corinthians 10:4
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We Encourage You...
We encourage you to carefully look over the materials featured in this podcast-posting as well as in all seven podcasts-postings during Part Two of the Into Integrity FAST (6-26 December). There is much to learn from the lingering ghosts of corruption that continue to haunt and wreak havoc via the lack of disclosures and via the wrongful dismissals addressed in these podcasts-blogposts.

And for those of you who have wrongfully discredited and dismissed us, we want to clearly say this to you: We forgive you. And we ask you to reconsider what you have done. Acknowledge. Apologize. Amend. 

It is crucial for people—and people just like you--to arise in solidarity and call for and pray for repentance and healing in the international Church Mission Community. Bring the ghosts of the NCI fraud and the related dismissals into the full light. And join in the call for the assistance and integrity of specific organizations, leaders, and people affected by the international NCI fraud: verifiably disclose via internal and independent reviews and do what is “good, right, and true before the Lord your God’ (2 Chronicles 31:20).
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Thank You!

Thank you to those who joined together with us and people around the world during Part Two of the Into Integrity FAST (6-26 December 2019). We plan to do more Into Integrity podcasts-blogposts in 2020, with updates, resources, and prayer. And also to continue to post updates and resources on the PETRA People Network weblogStay tuned!



Don’t be intimidated. Eventually everything is going to be out in the open, and everyone will know how things really are. So don’t hesitate to go public now. Don’t be bluffed into silence by the threats of bullies. There’s nothing they can do to your soul, your core being. Save your fear for God, who holds your entire life—body and soul—in his hands." Matthew 10: 26-28, The Message



Thank you for your prayers, encouragement, and support. 

Stand up. Speak out. Live in integrity.

Please spread the word.


Kelly and Michèle

prointegritynet@gmail.com
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The purpose of the Into Integrity FAST is to call attention to--and confront--the lack of disclosures by specific organizations/leaders/people affected by the international Nordic Capital Investment KB fraud (NCI) as well as the related, wrongful dismissals directed at Kelly and Michele. Join with us in FAsting for genuine contrition and STriking for resolute action within the Church Mission Community (CMC).
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Integrity is moral wholeness—living consistently in moral wholeness. Corruption is moral rottenness, the opposite of integrity--the distortion, perversion, and deterioration of moral goodness, resulting in the exploitation of people.

See also
--links for comments by colleagues expressing their strong support for the specific calls to people and organizations for integrity, disclosures, and confronting wrongful dismissals;



--links for seven podcasts and blogposts by Kelly for Into Integrity Part One (June 2019) and the seven by Michele and Kelly in Part Two (December 2019)



--links to the latest PETRA People weblog calling for assistance by specific leaders, organizations and others affected by the international NCI fraud: the Professional Review, the Healing the Body summary-summons, and the Integrity Petition. 


Shine the Light-Together!
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Thursday, December 19, 2019

FAST Day 35/40

Follow Me, My Beloved
"Do not fear. Shine your light."  International Solidarity Day

Join together to support the Into Integrity FAST
Part Two: 6-26 December 2019
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#MyOrganizationToo #CMCtoo #HealUsToo

"Do not fear. Walk through the door."
Detail of painting.

Stand up--Speak out--Live in integrity

“These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other
and render true and sound judgment in your courts; do not plot evil against each other,
and do not love to swear falsely. I hate all this,” declares the Lord…
Therefore love truth and peace.” 
Zechariah 8:16,19


Warm greetings!

We have just done the sixth podcast in Part Two of the Into Integrity FAST (see purpose statement at end). The theme focuses on following Jesus as children of light who courageously shine our light in the world. You can access the podcast HERE. You can access the transcript HERE.

This is a podcast permeated with prayer. We are praying for courage, purity, and power, to follow Jesus into dark areas, venturing through the doors that God opens for us, doing good, confronting evil, for His glory. 
We are praying for specific people and organizations who we believe can join together in solidarity to assist in disclosing about the NCI fraud and to right the wrongful dismissals.

Jesus says, in John 12:26:
Whoever serves me must follow me;
and where I am, my servant also will be.
My Father will honor the one who serves me.

So come with us now in following Jesus and to seek Him together in prayer!


Today is also the United Nations International Human Solidarity Day (20 December, logo above). It is a day to consider how you might join in solidarity with others to help make the world a better place, locally through globally.  And likewise, it is a day in which we invite you again to join with us and others in solidarity during the Into Integrity FAST (6-26 December 2019). 
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The Into Integrity FAST is part of the larger, international effort to confront corruption:
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Corruption begets more corruption and fosters a corrosive culture of impunity.” Every year $1 trillion is paid in bribes while an estimated $2.6 trillion are stolen annually through corruption – a sum equivalent to more than 5 per cent of the global GDP…. “I call on leaders everywhere to listen, to nurture a culture of integrity and to empower citizens to do their part at the grass roots.” (quotes from UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and International Anti-Corruption Day)
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You Are Invited
Join together in solidarity!
Join together with us and people around the world during Part Two of the Into Integrity FAST (6-26 December 2019). We encourage you to focus (fasting and/or praying) on an area of integrity/moral health that is important for you. And of course focus on the specific NCI fraud and dismissals that continue to be publicly challenged over the past 12 years. You are welcome to contact us and share what you are doing.
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Don’t be intimidated. Eventually everything is going to be out in the open, and everyone will know how things really are. So don’t hesitate to go public now. Don’t be bluffed into silence by the threats of bullies. There’s nothing they can do to your soul, your core being. Save your fear for God, who holds your entire life—body and soul—in his hands." Matthew 10: 26-28, The Message

Thank you for your prayers, encouragement, and support. 
Stand up. Speak out. Live in integrity.
Please spread the word.


Kelly and Michèle
prointegritynet@gmail.com
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Going Further

Be sure to check out these relevant items too:
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the seven podcasts and seven blogposts that Kelly did in Part One of FAST in June 2019 as well as the ones done by Kelly and Michele during PART Two of the FAST in December 2019

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the comments of several colleagues who have expressed their strong support for us and the Into Integrity FAST’s calls for disclosures, integrity, and righting the wrongful dismissals (see the September Into Integrity weblog entry)

--the latest PETRA People weblog (December 2019) includes 15 principles for confronting corruption; and three ongoing efforts to confront corruption and the international NCI et al fraud: the Professional Review, the Healing the Body summary-summons, and the Integrity Petition.
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Shine the Light-Together!
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The purpose of the Into Integrity FAST is to call attention to--and confront--the lack of disclosures by specific organizations/leaders/people affected by the international Nordic Capital Investment KB fraud (NCI) as well as the related, wrongful dismissals directed at Kelly and Michèle. Join with us in FAsting for genuine contrition and STriking for resolute action within the Church Mission Community (CMC).
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Integrity is moral wholeness—living consistently in moral wholeness. Corruption is moral rottenness, the opposite of integrity--the distortion, perversion, and deterioration of moral goodness, resulting in the exploitation of people.

International Anti-Corruption Day--9 December 2020

Into Integrity--Into 2020 Go Boldly Into the Darkness Live in integrity--Unite for integrity #HealUsToo    --    #MyOrganizationToo   --  #P...