In 2015 Christ Church became a member of the United Nations Global Compact. We embrace, support, and commit to enact within our sphere of influence the core values in the areas of human rights, labour standards, the environment, and anti-corruption. The Ten Principles within the core values are listed below. For more information, please contact the rector or follow the link above.
Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and
Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
Visit the UN Global Compact website to find out more.
Human Rights Pocketbook Project
December 2018 Announcement
The Human Rights Pocketbook Project was conceived by caring citizens of the Empathy Surplus Project (ESP). The Human Rights Pocketbook Project seeks partners to help distribute a pocket sized version of the Illustrated Universal Declaration of Human Rights to its stakeholders and the general public to recruit youth leadership dedicated to building a caring society and economy filled with ethical businesses.
Christ Episcopal Church (CEC) is pleased to announce its intention to partner with ESP to promote the Human Rights Pocketbook Project, beginning the second Sunday in Advent, December 9, 2018, with a distribution of the pocketbook to each CEC family. This activity will commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the passage of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations on December 10, 1948.
Christ Episcopal Church has a close relationship with the ESP, whose founder is a member of the parish. In 2015 Christ Church accepted an invitation from ESP, a UN Global Compact (UNGC) since 2014, to consider UNGC participation, in order to explore ways ESP and Christ Church could find ways to collaborate. After careful consideration by the vestry in 2015, Christ Church applied and was accepted by the UN General Secretary as its Global Compact’s first faith community participant. Visit Christ Church’s UN page at this link – http://bit.ly/ungccec.
UNGC participants promise two things: (1) to support its ten principles with respect to human rights, decent work and leisure, clean air and water, and anti-corruption of governments by unethical business, and to make a clear statement of this support to their stakeholders and the general public; and (2) to submit a Communication on Engagement to the UNGC about how it has engaged its stakeholders and the general public, especially businesses and other UNGC participants.
The Christ Church Vestry has identified a parish member from two of its three service times to serve as an organizing committee to help the congregation create the permanent committee that will facilitate its obligations to respect, protect, and promote the ten principles, especially human rights. Monica Neiderman from the Sunday early service is the chairperson. Andrew Brody from Saturday evening serves on the committee, while we are still seeking someone from the 10:30 a.m. service. Chuck Watts, Empathy Surplus Project, serves as the committee’s consultant.
Organizing committee members may serve on the permanent committee and are looking for at least two people from each service to serve on the six member permanent committee. This search process for permanent committee members is slated to be complete by the end of Lent, or earlier.
The Rev. Joanna Leiserson, Interim Rector, in her sermon November 17, referenced Waffle Shop’s legacy of fundraising for local grants to non-profits as an outward and visible sign of CEC’s ongoing work to build a caring society. ESP has received Waffle Shop grants in the past. Joanna writes, “The way in which Jesus describes the future . . . today . . . is not an exaggeration or embellishment. The changes, to remake this world into God’s world, will be radical and disruptive to the status quo, because it is the status quo that continues to subjugate, oppress, and impoverish. Just remember . . . our faith is oriented toward fulfillment. God has a mission. Blessed are you all, who work so hard to bring God’s dreams to fulfillment.”
Please consider service on the this committee, which will use web conferencing to facilitate participation. Please contact Monica at email@example.com, or Andrew at firstname.lastname@example.org.