Humanity

The Natural World

 

All creation is the Lord's, and we are responsible for the ways we use and abuse it. Water, air, soil, minerals, energy resources, plants, animal life, and space are to be valued and conserved because they are God's creation and not solely because they are useful to human beings. God has granted us stewardship of creation. We should meet these stewardship duties through acts of loving care and respect.

 

 

The Nurturing Community

 

The community provides the potential for nurturing human beings into the fullness of their humanity. We believe we have a responsibility to innovate, sponsor, and evaluate new forms of community that will encourage development of the fullest potential in individuals. Primary for us is the gospel understanding that all persons are important—because they are human beings created by God and loved through and by Jesus Christ and not because they have merited significance.

 

 

The Social Community

 

We affirm all people as equally valuable in the sight of God. We therefore work toward a society in which each person’s value is recognized, maintained, and strengthened.

 

 

The Economic Community

 

We believe in the quitable sharing of the world's wealth.

 

 

The Political Community

 

While our allegiance to God takes precedence over our allegiance to any state, we acknowledge the vital function of government as a principal vehicle for the ordering of society.

 

 

The World Community

 

God's world is one world. We believe war is incompatible with the teachings and example of Jesus. We commit ourselves as a Church to the achievement of a world community that is a fellowship of persons who honestly love one another. We pledge ourselves to seek the meaning of the gospel in all issues that divide people and threaten the growth of world community.

 
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