Quaker Practice: Integrity



The testimony of integrity influences all the other testimonies and serves as an important element in the life of the Mary McDowell Friends School community. Honesty and truthfulness guide our actions and provide us with the time to ask questions of ourselves and to be mindful in our interactions, decisions, and school work.

Integrity is speaking out to express our core beliefs even when they are unpopular or inconvenient. Integrity challenges us to be consistent and true as we strive to act on our beliefs. Integrity causes us to examine how the other testimonies are lived out in our community. Acting with integrity requires us to ask important questions of ourselves. For example: are community members actively involved in service? Do we treat one another equally and with respect for each individual? Integrity also means that we do what we believe even if we don’t think anyone is watching. We must hold ourselves to the highest standards and interpretations of honesty as we strive to embrace our values.

We are a community that has integrity because we strive to be who we say we are. Stand up for yourself. Stand up for what you believe in.

MMFS Eighth Graders

The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.


Goodness is about character – integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.

Dennis Prager


  • Do our actions align with what we believe? How do we stay consistent in our beliefs?
  • How do we respect the values of others when they conflict with ours?
  • Do we act with integrity on our sports teams and in other extracurricular activities?
  • Do our daily interactions with community members meet our standards of integrity?
  • How can we look to the model of Mary McDowell as an example of a life lived with integrity?

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