Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Episcopal Church and Social Justice

The Episcopal Church has taken prophetic stand on a number of social issues.

The church ordains female clergy; the church welcomes gay and lesbian persons; the church engages in any number of social justice and charitable ministries. As the Episcopal Church web site states, "One of the ways the Episcopal Church addresses domestic poverty is through its Jubilee network, which consists of over 600 Jubilee Ministry Centers. These centers empower the poor and oppressed in their communities by providing direct services, such as food, shelter, and healthcare, and also by advocating for human rights."

The Church also partners with the One Campaign, and has endorsed the Millennium Development Goals for ending world poverty.

The Episcopal Church has also made formal statements endorsing single payer health care, the Employee Free Choice Act, and the Occupy Movement.

The Episcopal Church is not perfect, and not without problems; but in my view, the church is standing on the right side of history.

The Episcopal Church

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