Throughout Scripture, we are reminded that when human community is broken by injustice, the relationship of the community to God is broken. Right relationship in human community and with God is reflected in how “the least of these” are treated – the orphans, the widows, the sojourners.
Laws and policies order our common life. They reflect our priorities as a people, including what we value and who we value. In responding faithfully to God’s call for abundant life for all people, in which no one is left behind, we are called to work for just public policies as they are expressed in the legislation debated before Congress, and in decisions made by the President and federal agencies charged with implementing our laws.
Policy debate and decision-making is often dominated by powerful special interests. In contrast, we stand upon the ground of our faith to work for the common good. In order to magnify the voices of our members and our General Synod, the UCC Washington Office has identified several legislative priorities to guide their advocacy work in 2014. We believe these issues offer a significant opportunity for UCC advocates to be a bold public voice for justice in the year to come.