Monday, August 09, 2004

Economic positions of the Churches

I surfed the web this evening looking for mainline Churches' position statements on economic issues. Very interesting stuff. I was unable to find any ringing statements from either the Southern Baptists or from the Presbyterians. What I did find, though, is great:

“We support measures that would reduce the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few. We further support efforts to revise tax structures and to eliminate governmental support programs that now benefit the wealthy at the expense of other persons.”

United Methodist Church, Social Principles

“One of the greatest injustices in the contemporary world consists precisely in this: that the ones who possess much are relatively few and those who possess almost nothing are many. It is the injustice of the poor distribution of the goods and services originally intended for all.”

Catholic Church, Papal Statement on Poverty

“Society has a moral obligation, including governmental action where necessary,
to assure opportunity, meet basic human needs, and pursue justice in
economic life.”

Episcopal Church, A Christian Response to Economic Inequality

“While economic growth often is considered an unconditional good, we insist that such growth must be evaluated by its direct, indirect, short-term, and long-term effects on the well-being of all creation and people, especially those who are poor.”

Evangelical Lutheran Church, Social Statements

“[O]ur economic lives are filled with inequities. Some nations, corporations, and individuals continue to get richer, while others fall further into poverty…. [S]uch inequities run contrary to the will of God. As disciples of Jesus, we are called to diligence in the task of eliminating such inequities wherever they are found.”

United Church of Christ, Resolution on Economic Globalization

“Economic injustice persists in spite of the longest period of economic prosperity in our history. The gap between the rich and the poor continues to widen. Tens of millions, particularly children, women, and the elderly live in poverty, a disproportionate share of whom are ethnic and racial minorities. Working for a just society is central to our …faith. … Our work for economic justice must include support for:

  • fair wages and benefits;
  • access to adequate housing, social services, child care, adult daycare, education, health care, legal services, financial services, and transportation; ...
  • tax systems that prevent affluent individuals and corporations from sheltering assets and income at the expense of those less privileged;"

Unitarian-Universalist Association, Resolution on Economic Injustice, Poverty, and Racism


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