We Believe in God
We believe in God, but realize that this is not a necessary qualification in order for us to cooperate as brothers and sisters with those who do not.
Through our belief in God, we understand there are Universal Principles of Success which govern all things, and that each person’s success is based on their ability to understand and apply these Principles.
We believe in the validity of our past leaders and in the unchanging Principles of God. These principles, although unchanging, may be applied differently for different times and situations.
The Golden Rule
It is the purpose of the DCCS to establish the long looked-for ideal condition known as the Golden Rule (Do unto others as you would have others do unto you). We believe this worth-while objective can best be accomplished by eliminating selfishness through a life of service to others.
The Golden Rule is often described in the Co-op as the Law of Satisfaction. As a parent, a manager or a leader, individuals must exercise their position through patience, long-suffering and service to others, never by force. Each individual should create a place where others can thrive, treating them as they would like to be treated. Finally, with regard to our peers, do unto them as you would have them do unto you. Support them in their endeavors and empathize with their challenges.
Free Agency, Right to Choose
We believe that all individuals have the right to do whatever they choose as long as they do not force, suppress, restrain, deprive, jeopardize, or interfere with the rights of others; and that persons who commit acts of this kind should be punished according to the law of the land in which they reside.
We believe that all principles must be applied through the free agency and choice of those involved. Individuals and families should be able to choose and govern their own affairs without oppression so long as they are within the bounds of the law. No one should be a law unto themselves.
Respect for our Neighbors
We believe in treating our neighbors with respect regardless of their race, religion, creed or belief system.
Just as DCCS members have the freedom to associate, freedom of religion, and the freedom to act and believe according to their conscience, we must also protect these same freedoms for others to choose their own path whether it differs from our own beliefs or not.
It is never appropriate to infringe on the rights of others through disrespectful slurs, vandalism, violence or any other means of unlawful coercion because an individual's or group's beliefs differ from our own.
Love of our Country
We believe in government and being subject to the Laws of the Land.
We believe the government of the United States and its Constitution to be inspired by the Almighty God and we appreciate the opportunity of living under the protection of the same. We believe in supporting the Constitution and using its inspired channels to peacefully affect change in government for any of our grievances.
We appreciate the sacred duty we have to protect our freedom. Co-op members have served our country in every major conflict since World War 2, some even losing their lives.
We have a right to enjoy the freedoms we’ve fought and died for!
Dignity of our Citizens & Right to Exist
We believe DCCS members have a right to live with dignity as Citizens of their communities, their State and their Nation. We have a right to be treated fairly and not as second-class citizens; with due process and with equal protection under the law.
We have the right to be judged by our own individual actions and not by the faults of others. We have the right not to be stereotyped and for our children and our homes to be as free from harm and oppression as any other citizen of this country!
We have a right to exist!
Goals for Our Communities
Advancing a Condition of Peace
Although at times our members have rightly answered the call to serve our country in the armed forces, we believe in advancing a condition of peace in all things we are a part of.
It is the purpose of the DCCS to abolish war and bloodshed of all kinds. It is our absolute belief that Almighty God cannot, under any condition, be pleased with this type of action or with anyone engaged in the same; and that with the exception of unavoidable self-defense, it is better for an individual to be killed rather than to kill.
Additionally, it is the purpose of the DCCS to establish peace, good-will and brotherly love between all men, especially between its own members.
We Look Toward a Future of Prosperity
We believe in supporting a stable, functioning and growing economy; with our members offering a financially tax positive population to the states we reside and to the United States of America. We have been well integrated with our friends and neighbors in our communities for over 88 years and we look forward to success in serving them for many decades to come.
The Co-op does not look to some future calamity or “end of the world” as some may call it. Article 5A of our articles of incorporation states, in part, “We propose that the individual shall have every possible advantage and opportunity for community service, so as to merit and receive the loyalty, patronage and backing of the community he is pledged to serve.”
Productivity, Create a Surplus, Produce More than You Consume
We believe that all who choose to do so should have the opportunity to engage in productive enterprises suitable to their capacity and training, and likewise to receive and share the benefits from the same.
We believe that all those who can labor should labor for the betterment of the Community; that individuals should work to eliminate slothfulness, laziness, idleness and waste. God gives us talents not to bury and waste them, but to create a surplus and produce more than we consume.
We believe that those who have a surplus should use their surplus frugally, being temperate and discrete, giving to the poor and saving for the future whenever possible.
We believe Consecration to be the voluntary dedication of all the resources a person has to a cause to which they are fully converted; having the knowledge that doing so will bring about a better result for all those involved.
We believe Consecration is based solely on Personal Accountability making it the polar opposite of Communism or Socialism which places accountability on community or government respectively. A person who has voluntarily Consecrated all of their resources is then fully accountable and free to enjoy and share the fruits of their labors.
Cooperation & United Order
A group of people living Consecration toward a common cause is sometimes called a United Order, which is where we get the name, "The Order". United means to act or work together and Order means everything is in place and working as it should.
We promote the economic welfare of the membership to increase their talents and abilities through education, training and experience. We encourage each individual to utilize their united efforts and abilities to eliminate selfishness from their lives through service to others and the betterment of society as a whole. This service in-turn benefits themselves, their families and the communities in which they reside.
We encourage members to hold themselves to a higher standard as they provide an economic value to the communities in which they reside wherever possible. All this while maintaining ethical, fair and vigorous competition. Members are encouraged to sell products and services based on their merit, superior quality, functionality and competitive pricing for the market, always thinking of ways to bring value to the customer.
Industry & Employment
We believe DCCS members should be involved in all righteous and industrious endeavors that exist under Heaven to the betterment of their neighbors and their Community, and within the constraints of the law. That through these endeavors the individual may become self-sustaining as well as create employment opportunities for others in their Community.
Those who employ others should treat employees fairly, ethically and within the bounds of the law. They should enact policies and procedures within their organizations that further the growth of their employees personally and professionally.
We Believe in a Well-Educated Population
We believe all who have the resources and capacity should continually educate and improve themselves, through formal education, community involvement and personal growth.
We believe our members have the same right to access education and services as every other United States citizen and that a well-educated, well-informed population is essential in producing well-rounded productive citizens for the society as a whole.
Honesty, Integrity, Trust & Credibility
We believe the success of any endeavor is dependent on the trust and confidence we earn from all those we come in contact with.
Individuals and businesses are encouraged to be responsible private and corporate citizens, adhering to their commitments, displaying honesty and integrity and reaching professional and personal goals solely through honorable means.
Religion & Morality
Although the Co-op does not require a specific religion, we subscribe to the view of George Washington that, “Religion and morality are the great pillars of human happiness.” And that, “National morality can not exist in the exclusion of religious principles." "Do Justice, to love Mercy, and to demean ourselves with that Charity, humility and pacific temper of mind, which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion.”
We believe in freedom of religion and that each person should be free to exercise their religion according to their conscience. We also believe that God cannot be pleased with conflict between parties over the subject of religion. Religion should be used to enrich the soul of the individual as well as bring peace to those around them regardless of whether they share the same views.
Marriage, Lifestyle & Age of Consent
We believe marriage is a lifelong personal decision and should not be coerced. An individual should be well informed to make a mature and thoughtful decision before entering into a marriage.
We believe marriages should be conducted within the legal age of consent.
We believe marriage to be a cornerstone of our social fabric and stable relationships bring stability to our society as a whole.
We believe personal relationship between consenting parties should not be regulated by the State so long as they are free of coercion and are entered into by the free agency of both parties.
Race & Heritage
We believe that people of ALL races are God's creation and that people, regardless of race, have a right to take pride in their own heritage while maintaining a relationship of mutual respect for those who may be of a different race or culture than themselves.
Equality of Opportunity
We believe in equality of opportunity; that the rewards people get for their labors in society should be measured by their needs in addition to their skill; that the needs of all should be satisfied at all times, and should not be limited or restricted in times of plenty; and that all share alike in times of want.
Free agency and equal opportunity does not always bring about equal results. We believe that, if through their own fair and honorable labor, one excels above their peers, that individual should not be restrained.
We believe in the Principle of Stewardship, which acknowledges that the things we use and enjoy are a gift from God. Whether they be in possession of a physical object, enjoying a natural outdoor setting, or at the helm of a corporation, a good steward understands they are only temporary custodians of the items that pass through their care.
Leave things better than you found them, be careful with your resources, be wise in your investments and plant the seeds of prosperity for future generations in all your endeavors.
Health & Safety
We believe that through the Principles of Health, individuals, families, and the society as a whole is made better through increased health, wealth and happiness.
We encourage members to make healthy choices and to abstain from harmful and mind altering substances.
Additionally, members are encouraged to make safety a high priority. Adhere to safety standards on the job and in our personal lives. When operating motor vehicles, wear seat belts, helmets and use proper car seats and restraints for infants & children.
Just as we can be good stewards over the things around us, we must also be a good steward over ourselves.
Service to Our Communities
We believe that all people should strive to be a strength to their neighbors and to their community through service and involvement. We believe in being active in civic duties, engaging our local town hall meetings, city councils and local governments for causes that will benefit our neighbors. Members should watch for opportunities to serve, assist the elderly, be vigilant in times of need or trouble for members and non-members alike.
We believe that God expects all who are skilled in any area to be willing for all mankind to enjoy the fruits of these blessings, the same as God sends forth the rains on all, whether they be the just or the unjust.
Goals for our Communities