Category Archives: Law & Justice

Privilege, Power and Stewardship

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We affirm that our world has been created with rich variety and diversity. Additionally, we affirm a sort of ‘divine differential’ (shown by different levels of giftedness, privilege and power), which was purposed for diligent stewardship and benevolence for humanity’s symbiosis. However, self-centeredness continues to beguile the divine differential, and is currently at best ego-driven […]

Broken Chains

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We affirm freedom, not only as the absence of exploitation and fear, but as a positive quality which engenders right relationships and the potential for flourishing. Yet, slavery is more widespread today than ever before. Human trafficking, forced labour, debt bondage and child marriage bind millions in chains. Exploitation is woven not only into corrupt […]

Support of Disabled People

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We affirm that all human beings are made in the image of God and thus are of great worth. We also affirm that some people face the challenge of disabilities, and for this reason they have different needs for support from society and/or different capacities to contribute to society, compared with non-disabled people. However, many […]

Indigenous People Groups

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Every culture reflects God’s glorious creativity. God reveals himself in diversity. We deeply regret the history of oppression and exclusion of indigenous groups and voices, and the church’s role in these processes. We reject the idea that Western culture is ‘superior’. Every culture is both brilliant and broken, beautiful and hurting. We choose to celebrate […]

Justice vs. Progress

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We affirm that the possibility of progress is a good and fundamental feature of the world over which we have been given dominion. However, even though rapid changes in technology and other areas of society can give the impression of progress, JUSTICE is not progressing at the same pace and, in fact, is often diminishing […]

Corruption in public service

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We affirm that public service should be conducted with righteousness and integrity so as to improve a population’s quality of life. However, we have allowed corruption to impede development and thriving and exacerbate poverty and dysfunction. Therefore, we call upon our public servants, our security officials and our civil society to end every corrupt practice […]

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 […]

Long-Term Commitments

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Affirmation: Financial services can spread risk and benefits in ways which are good for everyone.  Insurance represents a pooling of risk against life’s tragedies and other uncertainties.  The provision of medium and long term finance enables businesses to grow. Analysis: The financial sector has become self-serving, devoting too many resources to trading for trading’s sake […]

Fair Handling of Resources

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Affirmation: The resources of the world exist for the benefit of everyone in the world. Analysis: Businesses use tax rules and other devices to transfer wealth from one country to another, depriving the countries in which goods are produced and sold of revenue which ought to be expended for the benefit of the people in […]

Responsible Power

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Affirmation: People are more likely to wield power effectively and responsibly when there are effective mechanisms which hold them to account. Analysis: Some businesses, particularly banks, have become too large for anyone to control or understand how they are operating. Action: Businesses which are too big should be taxed more heavily or should be broken […]