Category Archives: Community & Immigration

Child Sexual Abuse

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WE AFFIRM the dignity of children, the value of their unique perspective on the world, and the privilege given to us of protecting and nurturing them. HOWEVER, many societies across the world struggle with endemic levels of child sexual abuse. When uncovered, the shocking nature of such abuse often leads to offenders being dehumanised without […]

‘Giving’ people make better communities

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We affirm that ‘giving’ people make better communities. Their willingness to react to the needs and interests of others brings communities together, building positive relationships and enabling people to work together more effectively. However, our current measures of welfare barely recognize these relational assets, focusing instead on individualistic indicators such as how good I feel […]

Brexit and Good Neighbours

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We affirm the fundamental importance of being a good neighbour. However, in the fraught times occasioned by Brexit, this has often been marginalised in preference of procuring Britain’s own prosperity. Therefore, the opportunity should be taken to show that while Britain is not part of the EU–rightly or wrongly–it can be a good neighbour. To […]

Exploding the myth of affluence

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We affirm that human flourishing is not proportional to our appropriation and consumption of the creation but directly related to our relationship with the Creator. However, Western people (including Christians) often live as though affluence is the only path to flourishing, then we wonder why many of us are so discontented. To overcome this, let […]

Joined-up Living

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We affirm that God created people as threefold beings made of bodies, souls and spirits, and sets each of us in societies, communities and families. However, our actions often fail to match our words and our good intentions, while social inequality is rising, many communities are divided and families are fracturing at unprecedented rates. Therefore, […]

Racial Reconciliation

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We affirm that at the heart of the gospel is the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:17-19). However, we recognize that our world is torn into divisive factions often based on historical injustices and continuing systemic violence between those of differing races. Therefore, we urge first of all hope. If even sinful humans have been […]

Online Speech

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We affirm that language is a gift from God, that ‘the tongue has the power of life and death’ (Proverbs 18:21), and that God’s intention is that words be used to build others up. However, we observe that the internet is often a platform for gossip, rumour, hate speech, defamation and harassment. Therefore, we call […]

Equality in Government

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We affirm the equality of all mankind before God, and in society, specifically in their contribution as adults to the election of government and to the shaping of policy. However, the association of power with wealth, and ‘elite’ groups and the disenfranchisement of others through lack of motivation, poverty, or poor education denies this equality. […]

Respect of Media Ownership

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We affirm that the ownership of property is an important and necessary reality in our world. However, the internet has vastly increased the ability of others to misuse, borrow without permission, and even steal property that belongs to others. This is especially true for artists of all kinds who make their living from their original creations. […]

Online Civility

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We affirm that the ability to communicate is central to what it means to be human. Unfortunately, although communications technologies have vastly increased the quantity of communications, they have tended to reduce the quality by subverting the weight and meaning of individuals’ words. Therefore, we should draft some type of charter for how to communicate […]