General Synod Pronouncements and Resolutions Concerning Economic Justice

General Synod Pronouncements and Resolutions Concerning Economic Justice

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Resolutions and Pronouncements on

General Economic Justice
Economics and the Environment
Specific Economic Issues
Economic Justice within the UCC

General Economic Justice

Affirming the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Boycott of Wendy’s (UCC Board of Directors, May 12, 2016) affirms the CIW's call to boycott Wendy's, the fast food chain.

Advocating for Tax Reform as Christian Stewardship and Public Duty (GS XXIX, 2013) calls for a number of tax reforms: corporate tax, financial transaction tax, capital gains taxes, and estate tax; in addition, it calls national staff to examine carbon taxes.

Resolution on advocating for funding to construct quality affordable housing (GS XXIX, 2013).

Putting Our Money Where Our Values Are: Evaluating Church Financial Relationships (GS XXVIII, 2011) calls the UCC to to use our money to provoke change in discerned unethical practices of financial institutions, or move our money to financial institutions that represent our faith values.

Mindful and Faithful Eating (GS XXVIII, 2011) calls the UCC to explore and discuss how food choices can accord with Christian values and beliefs, and requests an adult curriculum be developed around this issues.

Affirming the Accra Confession: Covenanting for Justice in the Economy and the Earth (GS XXVI, 2009): commends this powerful statement to the church for study, discernment, and action. (Read the full text of the Accra Confession in English and Spanish.)

Calling on President Barack Obama to revisit and re-negotiate a more humane, democratic, and ecologically-sound version of the North American Free Trade Agreement (GS XXVII, 2009) 

An Economic Justice Covenant (GS XXVII, 2009) calls all settings of the UCC commit to a covenant of study, witness and action in pursuit of economic justice in our world.

Roles of church and government in addressing the global food crisis (GS XXVII, 2009): urges study and action around global food crisis

A Call to Awareness and Action to End the Practice of Trafficking in Persons (GS XXVII, 2009) calls the UCC to education and advocacy to end human trafficking.

Ministering to Those Struggling and Suffering in The Troubled Economy (GS XXVII, 2009) calls on the UCC to pray with, and envision, encourage, support and strengthen outreach ministries that serve those in distress due to unemployment, bankruptcy, dislocation, hunger, illness, and financial problems.

Calling the United Church of Christ to declare itself a "fair trade" denomination (GS XXVI, 2005)

For the common good (GS XXV, 2005): fair taxes, need for public institutions and services, full employment, living wages, adequate income for each one, affordable housing, public transportation. 

To advance the cause of the most disadvantaged in the budgetary and appropriations process (GS XXV, 2005): support progressive taxes, oppose cuts in social programs.

Saving Social Security from Privatization (GS XXV, 2005)

In support of making fast food fair food: The next step (GS 25, 2005) support for the Fair Food Alliance and Coalition of Immokalee Workers

A faithful response: calling for a more just, humane direction for economic globalization (GS XXIV Prouncement, 2003) calls for the rules and institutions that shape economic globalization to be fundamentally changed.

Theological response to corporate greed (GS XXIV, 2003): reduce offshore subsidiaries to avoid taxes, pension reform, increase funding for SEC 

A Call for Church wide Support for Oikokredit, USA (General Synod 24, 2003)

Calling for a more just, humane direction for economic globalization (GS XXIII, 2001): this resolution called for the pronouncement 

Calling on the UCC to initiate jubilee for justice for the rural US(GS  XXIII, 2001)

Ending the stranglehold of debt on impoverished nations (GS XXII, 1999)

Welfare Reform (GS XXI, 1999): calls the 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act “unconscionable” and called for all settings to engage in ministries of service.

Affirming democratic principles in an emerging global economy (GS XXI, 1999): support for unions, corporations to uphold human rights, advocate for just, democratic, participatory, and inclusive economic policies.

Securities and Exchange Commission shareholder resolution policy (GS XXI, 1997): urges the Securities and Exchange Commission to reverse the Cracker Barrel decision and allow resolutions on employment policies and practices which address significant social issues to be included in Proxy Statements.

Affirming government’s roll to protect the common good (GS XXI, 1997): need for government regulation to safeguard consumers, workers, those who suffer discrimination, and the environment, and to guide social and economic activities for the common good.

A call to a covenant for the future regarding hunger in the US (GS XX, 1995): affirms the direct service outreach of congregation to alleviate hunger, call for financial support of the Hunger Action Fund and for public action to end hunger. “the UCC Hunger Action Fund has never reached expectations (9% of congregations) … “the UCC … responded [to hunger] in many … ways, most notably, through direct service outreach with 85% of congregations involved in such efforts.”

In support of international fair trade (GS XIX, 1993): The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is flawed and needs to be renegotiated.

Economic justice and military conversion (GS XIX, 1993): a call to reduce the size of the military and reduce military spending.

Investing in community development (GS XIX, 1993): a call to invest UCC funds in community economic development.

Christian Faith, Personal Stewardship and Economic Sharing (GS XVIII Pronouncement, 1991) calls the United Church of Christ to be faithful stewards of God’s gracious gifts, to serve as an example of economic justice within its own community in solidarity with human need everywhere.

Justice in the Maquiladoras (GS XVIII, 1991)

Concerning National Priorities (GS XVIII, 1991): Called for a reordering of national priorities so that our first priorities would be the goal of fostering common global security based on economic justice and peaceful settlement of conflicts.

Christian Faith: Economic Life and Justice (GS XVII Pronouncement, 1989) affirms "that the struggle to achieve economic justice for all of God’s people is an imperative of the Christian faith, a confession that we have done too little to correct the economic injustices of our nation and the world … [and] a statement of our commitment to transform the structures of church and society by working for economic justice.”  Describes the “marks of a just economy” including: all people have access to basic material necessities, enhances human dignity, is inclusive, assures equality of opportunity, has preferential option for the poor, honors creation, and promotes international peace and well-being. Commitment to achieving an economic bill of rights including guaranteed national minimum income level, universal health care, full employment, affordable housing, and quality education for all.

A Call for Socially Responsible Investment (GS 17, 1989): Our investment policy should reflect our commitments

Revive us again: the Church’s response to the economic crisis (GS XVI, 1987): concern for rural, urban, and Appalachian areas, address “issues of monopolization and community life,” strengthen mission, increase economic literacy, and revitalize communities.

The Future of Urban Life in America (GS XIII Pronouncement, 1981) calls the UCC to a new commitment UCC to urban life, to stand in solidarity with with the disinherited who are concentrated there, to work for the liberation for urban people, and to raise hope for a more just future. [439 MB]

The right to earn a living (GS XI, 1977):  calls for full employment.

Reform of the Federal Income Tax System (GS XI, 1977): calls for a progressive tax system and the elimination of tax expenditures which violate the principles of fairness, simplicity, progressivity and neutrality.

Concerning our Economic System (GS XI, 1977): affirm and support those aspects of our economic system which meet the needs of people and call for changes whenever those needs are not being met.

Toward a new Urban Agenda (GS XI, 1977): preparing to address the complex problems facing Urban America.

The UCC Confronts the World Food Crisis (GS X Pronouncement, 1975) established the Hunger Action Fund.

The Role of Transnational Business in Mass Economic Development (GS X Pronouncement, 1975) calls the church to engage with those involved in transnational business and encourage them to accept their responsibility to improve the welfare and enlarge the dignity of people in the countries where they operate.

The federal budget (GS IX, 1973) “the shaping, allocating, and spending of the federal budget are crucial Christians concerns, and that the presently overwhelming emphasis on defense spending at the expense of human needs is deleterious to the people of the United States and the world.”

Sharing the Cost of Government Fairly (GS VII Pronouncement, 1969) calls for fair taxation, progressive taxes, estate taxes.

Economics and the Environment


Resolution Urging Divestment – Along with Other Strategies – From Fossil Fuel Companies to Address Climate Change (GS XXIX, 2013)




Resolution Supporting Compassionate Comprehensive Immigration Reform and the Protection of the Human Rights of Immigrants  (GS XXIX, 2013)

Call for a more humane US immigration policy; end immigrant deaths; support immigrant communities (GS XXVI, 2007): border enforcement strategy is inhumane and ineffective, guarantee rights to immigrant workers.

Emergency resolution to end the death of migrants on the United States-Mexico border by offering water in Christ's Name ( GS XXIII, 2001)

Border justice issues (GS XXII, 1999)

Affirming the Dignity and Self-Worth of Immigrants (GS XX, 1995)

Justice in Immigration (GS XIII Pronouncement, 1981) [424 MB]

In Support of Salvadoran Refugees (GS XIII, 1981)

Specific Economic Issues


Worker justice at Smithfield (GS XXVI, 2007): support for Smithfield Packing Co. workers

The United Church of Christ - Thirty years of faithful accompaniment with farm workers (GS XXIV, 2003)

Call for churchwide support for Oikocredit USA (GS 24, 2003): call to invest in this micro-lender 

In support of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' boycott of Taco Bell (GS XXIII, 2001)

In support of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee’s boycott of Mt. Olive Pickles (GSXX, 1999) 

In support of the United Mine Workers of America (GS XIX, 1993): urges the Bituminous Coal Operators Association to treat coal miners with respect, to bargain for a just and fair agreement, and for BCOA and United Mine Workers to negotiate a contract settlement that brings justice to the coalfields.

In recognition of twenty years of United Church of Christ ministry with farm workers (GS XIX, 1993) commemorates 20 years of ministry with farm workers, celebrates the gains that have been made and reaffirms its commitment to support justice and self-determination for farm workers.

Concerning the crisis in financial institutions (GS XVIII, 1991): condemned the criminal behavior and government ineptitude which damaged the savings and loan industry, and called the UCC to work for greater justice in the industry.

 Economic Justice within the UCC

In support of fair and just compensation for lay employees of the United Church of Christ (GS XXV, 2005). 

Fair and just compensation (GS XXI, 1997): next steps in follow-up to the 1995 pronouncement  

Fair and just compensation for those called and employed by the church (GS XX Prouncement, 1995): conferences and associations urged to create compensation guidelines [356 MB]

Adopting ethical guidelines for labor relations in church organizations and related organizations (GS XX, 1995): church employees do not give up their right to form unions.

Contact Info

Edith Rasell, Ph.D.
Minister for Economic Justice
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115