We believe that together we can foster a world of justice, love and the mercy of God. We commit to this work and we invite those who would do likewise to join us in the work ahead.
Living our Baptismal Covenant…
As Christians we are called to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ with clarity and conviction, particularly as that Gospel compels us to work alongside those in every faith tradition to confront forces which threaten the lives and safety of the most vulnerable.
The Jesus Movement is the ongoing community of people whose lives are centered on Jesus of Nazareth. We follow him into loving, liberating, life-giving relationship with God, with each other and with Creation. As a whole church, we have promised to place the care of God’s Creation at the heart of our common life. Here at St. Paul’s, we have partnered with the Spirit of Alexandria Foundation to promote Creation Care in our community. The Spirit of Alexandria Foundation was started in memory of Alexandria Bennett. The foundation’s mission is Connecting Children to Nature. Learn more about their mission by visiting www.spiritofalexandria.org.
In the Episcopal Church we:
- support laws which combat gun violence.
- support immigrants and refugees, including becoming a sanctuary church.
- support a pathway to citizenship for “dreamers.”
- support LGBTQ by adding sexual orientation to the non-discrimination canons in 1994, and gender identity and gender expression in 2012.
- support efforts to assist LGBT youth against bullying and stands against all conversion therapy.
- supports same sex marriage.
- work to change public policy to help the poor and hungry and specifically to repair the social safety net.
- oppose the death penalty.
- recognize the racial and gender bias of our mass incarceration system, and seek public policies which end it.
- stand against racial injustice.
- support efforts to stop human trafficking.
- acknowledge that in this country it is the legal right of every woman to have a medically safe abortion and further opposes abortion “as a means of birth control, family planning, sex selection, or any reason of mere convenience.”
- oppose all violence based on gender.
- affirm that war as a method of settling international disputes is in incompatible with the gospel, and urges its people to study just war theory.
- affirm that Global Warming threatens the future of God’s good creation, and the effects of Global Warming disproportionately hurt the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable in the United States and around the world.
- support efforts that seek to reduce Global Warming, including national and international legislation that increase the supply of clean energy and reduce consumption of fossil fuels.
Therefore we commit:
- To protect and defend the human dignity of immigrants, refugees, and those who fear deportation. Our churches will be sanctuaries for those whose safety and security is threatened;
- To stand and work with those whose race or religion is threatened by the vitriolic and violent language and action of white supremacy in American society;
- To confront bigotry, fear, ignorance and hatred whenever and wherever we encounter it. We will not be silent or passive in the face of language that harms the children of God;
- To protect the physical, psychological, and spiritual safety of women, people of sexual and gender diversity, the elderly and the physically impaired;
- To pray for our president and elected leaders and hold them accountable to the principles of justice as found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.