A Faith That Does Justice
- The fundamental unity and interdependence of all existence. There is no separation between us and them. We are all us. We are all brothers and sisters. We are all neighbors. We all need each other.
- The transforming power of love. Love is our religion. Love calls us to create relationships of compassion, respect, mutuality, and forgiveness; to love our neighbors as ourselves; and to recognize everyone as our neighbor.
- The inherent worth and dignity of every person. All human beings have the right to a meaningful and fulfilling life, including physical safety and economic and social well-being. We are called to help create the conditions within which this well-being can be most fully realized by all.
- Human freedom. Human beings are free moral agents who make choices and are morally accountable for their choices. Human freedom may be used creatively or destructively. We express our freedom not only in our own personal choices but also in the institutions and social structures we create.
- Rejection of moral dualism. We reject as false the sharp separate of good and evil, refusing to assign individuals and nations into one category or the other. Moral dualism blinds us to our own capacity for evil and to the inherent worth and dignity of those whom we are tempted to see as other.
- Social justice. Justice is about the fair ordering of human relationships, including social, political, and ecological relationships. Just communities reflect equal concern for all, respect for basic human rights and liberties, non-coercive institutions, consensual relationships, shared power, and inclusiveness. Human beings have an obligation to create institutions, social structures, and environmental conditions that reflect these values and enable all people to live with dignity and respect.
- Cooperative power. Power can be used to create or destroy, to liberate or oppress. Social justice and human fulfillment require the use of cooperative power—power with, not power over. Cooperative power is grounded in a commitment of mutual persuasion over coercion.
- . We affirm the principles of freedom of conscience and free exercise of religion, the separation of church and state, freedom of association, and freedom of dissent.
(Paul Rasor, Reclaiming Prophetic Witness: Liberal Religion in the Public Square, Skinner House Books, Boston, 2012)