Economic Justice Covenant (approved April 14, 2013)
In the words of Jesus of Nazareth and the prophet Isaiah, we believe we are called… “to preach good news to the poor… to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind… and to let the oppressed go free...”
(Luke 4:18-19 and Isaiah 61:1-2)
In this spirit, as people of God’s Covenant, we believe that we bear a sacred responsibility to care for the well being of the human community. Jesus Christ and the prophets proclaimed and lived a vision of this community as one in which all live in peace, sharing the earth’s abundance and treating one another justly.
We believe that God still speaks these eternal truths to us. Yet we participate in an economic system in this country and around the world in which many live in poverty and suffering. We ask God’s forgiveness for the many ways our negligence and selfishness help to create and sustain such an unjust system.
Living in the richest, most powerful nation in world history, we have a special obligation to work diligently to create a just global economy. We recognize that we can choose to enact Christ’s vision in ways open to us and we know our efforts for justice can help create needed changes.
Therefore, we the congregation of Church of the Savior, United Church of Christ, Knoxville, Tennessee, covenant with God and with one another to:
- Educate and support one another in the complex task of creating a just economy.
- Learn more about how our present economy works and its ties to such problems as poverty, inequity, unemployment, massive military spending and debt for individuals and nations.
- Share our knowledge and insights with one another and our wider communities.
- Strive for greater economic justice in the policies and practices of this congregation.
- Strive for personal economic decisions that support a more just national and world economy.
- Support economic justice for workers.
- Join and support organizations, including those of our denomination, that share our commitment to greater economic and political justice.
- Periodically assess the successes and shortcomings of this congregation in living this covenant.
We pray for strength, courage, vision, humility, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit to help us fulfill this commitment.