Matthew 22:37 – 40 sets out the commandments that we are to live by, namely, love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul and mind and love our neighbour as ourselves. If these were diagrammatically shown as three intersecting circles it can be seen that there is an equilibrium point. It has been said that if a person of faith dwells too much on God they “become of no earthly use”. Socially concerned people can overlook the place of faith and anyone who concentrates on themselves become hedonistic and narcissistic.
Church and Society encourages people to balance the concerns of personal faith with the needs of the world outside the Church.
The aims are:
- To encourage and resource local churches in their exploration of social issues by bringing the Gospel to bear on political issues facing our society.
- To encourage local churches in their support of the Commitment for Life programme.
- To encourage local churches to campaign on issues of Racial Justice.
- To encourage local churches to become Fairtrade churches.
- To encourage local churches, both individuals and as congregations, to become involved in climate change and other environmental issues which effect their daily living.
- To encourage local churches to campaign to reduce poverty within our society and lessen the gap between the rich and poor.
- To receive ideas and concerns from local congregations and to facilitate their development.
- To liaise with national bodies (JPIT) to disseminate information and resources to local churches through Synod/United Areas.
- To liaise with the Synod’s World Church and Mission Committee
Chruch and Society Newsletters are available to download from the Documents Library.