No great initiative can truly succeed if it does not have, at its core, a higher principle, or calling, which breathes life into it and gives it its distinctive shape and character. The fundamental moral value driving AST has been put down in writing in simple, timeless words some two thousand years ago by St. Peter, in his Epistle to the Romans: "Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.".
Not seeking honor just for ourselves, but taking "delight in honoring each other" is the credo of our organisation. Taking delight goes beyond merely accepting or tolerating diversity, difference, otherness - by respecting, promoting and rejoicing in it. Honoring one another is the radical opposite of attempting to impose any kind of uniformity of thought, action, or belief -which can only restrict and impoverish the human condition and the freedom to live our lives in dignity and respect inherent in each and very one of us. Taking "delight in honoring each other" is the timeless, universal principle which constitutes the cornerstone on which he built our vision to Educate, our mission to Act, to Contribute, to Teach, and our goal to Empower.