Economic Justice Covenant adopted by the Congregation of United Church of Chapel Hill
May 20, 2007
God blesses the world with abundance, yet so many continue to live in poverty and suffering. We confess that we are participants in this injustice, whether through our actions, or through our complacency. We ask God’s forgiveness for our negligence and self-centeredness.
As witnesses to the grace of God in all of creation, we strive to answer Jesus’ call to work for a world where both mercy and justice prevail, and all share in God’s abundance. Therefore, we, the congregation of the United Church of Chapel Hill covenant with God and with one another to:
Provide service and care for brothers and sisters in need.
Educate ourselves on the root causes of poverty.
Seek long-term ways of empowering the powerless in our community.
Stand against injustices that cause and perpetuate need.
Strive for economic justice in all policies and activities associated with our church.
Encourage and support one another in our own stewardship of God’s earth and its bounty.
Unite with other organizations to address poverty and injustice in the world.
Recognizing that without God’s help we are inadequate to these tasks, we pray for strength, courage, humility, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit for the work ahead.