Social Justice Emphasis
To view photos and reports from the 2012 Delegation to Bolivia, click: Joining Hands with Bolivia
At MPC, we know that it’s important to work together to help create a peaceful and just world. The Mission Statement for our church summarizes it well: “We work for justice in the here and now, rather than salvation in the hereafter.” But how do we apply that idea to our everyday lives? One way is to take action through the Social Justice Committee; another is to have a general vision of the world we want to achieve, as described below.
As Christians and as spiritual people, we know that the world we seek is based upon certain universal, spiritual values. These include having compassion for all, expressing gratitude for the wonder of creation, valuing the individual person as an embodiment of the sacred, understanding the interconnection between all living things, treasuring and protecting our environment, and building a system of social justice for all people. While these values are abstract, they are always enacted in the particular. We take seriously the maxim “think globally, act locally.”
Never before have we understood so clearly how global warming, conflict between peoples, poverty, disease, inequality and injustice are interrelated. But also, as never before, we have a sense of what we can do as part of a worldwide community of people acting out of a global consciousness. It is this global consciousness and vision that we articulate here.