In ten years’ time we will be a church that keeps faith with the poor and challenges injustice.
The gospel calls us to work against poverty and the structures that keep people oppressed. Together with our ecumenical partners we need to influence those in power and equip local congregations to take action against everything that undermines or destroys fullness of life. If the church, local, across the UK, and international, is to be part of a movement for change in our world, it will need to discern and understand the contexts in which we live and the issues which affect us. Only by developing a sound reputation for intelligent critique and co-ordinated action will we be able to challenge unjust structures and seek economic justice from the local to the global marketplace.
We will know if we are on the right track by:
- The number of churches that actively participate in at least one Joint Public Issues Team campaign each year.
- The number of churches engaged ecumenically in action against poverty and social exclusion in their local communities.
- The number of practitioners and campaigners in local churches involved in a network around these issues.
- The number of synods that have endorsed and are monitoring the implementation of the revised ethical investment policy of the URC.