Aware of the suffering caused by bondage to the false belief in the absolute, permanent, or immutable nature of all things, or of something in particular, be it an item, person, group, notion, belief, ideology, or system, I vow to recognize that all knowledge, people, groups, and systems are fallible, and incapable of expressing any immutable or permanent truth.
Aware that is possible to discover truth in science, philosophy, and religion, I commit to seeing every truth as a fragmentary expression of the knowledge we have gained thus far, breaking the bondage to the smug notion that we have arrived at absolute truth. I will follow the evidence without prejudice, not putting my opinions or beliefs above known facts.
Aware that it is possible to encounter the Divine, the very unsearchable and unfathomable ground and abyss of Being, and to express that encounter through mythic imagery and ritual, I vow never to mistake any image, knowledge, person, group, or system for the God beyond Naming, but rather to allow the Divine Light to shine through them revealing the glory that lay beyond them.
The first and second vows are the hardest to keep. We must remember that God is our liberator who guides us from the land of Mitsrayim*, the land of bondage and slavery into the Glorious Kingdom of Zion.
Ideas are the root of all bondage. The idea that one must be subservient to a belief system, a person, or an institution must be accepted on some level before they can exorcise any semblance of authority. This is not the way Jesus taught us.
Authority is invested by God in the individual and the assemblies who serve them. Not one person, institution, or belief system has been given the right to demand followers. Any who does desires to bring others into bondage and is defying the way. There are no natural leaders.
* Mitsrayim is the Hebrew word for Egypt used in the First Utterance. Since there is still a country named Egypt, I prefer to use this Hebrew word when referring to the metaphorical land of bondage to avoid confusion between the metaphor and the real place.