Category Archives: General & Overarching

Peacebuilding in divided societies

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We affirm Christ-centred peacebuilding to be part of our public discipleship. However, we confess our failures in peacebuilding and in promoting the counter culture of Christ in a world where cultures clash. Therefore, let every Christian, in the Spirit of the Prince of Peace, engage as salt and light in their own communities; for reconciliation, […]

‘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 […]

A New Economic Quality Goal

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Genesis 1:28 mandates careful resource management to supply mankind’s needs. But history indicates that one person’s need and greed is often satisfied at the expense of others and of the environment. The current economic goal of constantly increasing growth exacerbates this behaviour, leading to increasing disparity of well-being within and between nations. We therefore need […]

In defence of materiality

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We affirm that the digital world opens new horizons for people. There is a risk that this places a premium on the immaterial and transient. Parisian thinker, Paul Virilio, warns that such a trend can volatize the real and obliterate lived experience. Much thinking in the West undervalues materiality – by promoting disposability. We should […]

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, […]

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 […]