An Economic Justice Covenant adopted June 2012
Comments on the Covenant by Shirley Birt, Economic Justice Task Force
Although our actual Covenant wording is not very lengthy, the preliminary statements are much longer.
First, we wanted to provide a definition/description of the problems.
We included a Confession as an acknowledgement that we are all involved in the issues.
Next, as we looked at the Scriptures we were struck by how persistent the theme of economic justice is in the Biblical narrative, which is the reason for the numerous references, and we wanted to provide a solid Biblical background for the Covenant agreement.
Also, we included references to the Qur'an as a recognition that we share with other religions a concern about economic justice.
We included information about some of the resources we had consulted and to provide additional references for the congregation.
Our group worked on the Covenant idea and related activities for about two and one-half years and it was certainly a learning experience for us as we tried to better understand the issues and the role of the church. We now are challenged by the implementation of the Covenant and appropriate action steps.