Social Justice & UNGC
Christ Church has a long history of working for social justice within our local, national and global community. Our commitment to following Jesus’ call has lead us actively seek out ways to serve our community and fight for the rights of all people for over 185 years. Currently, many of our social justice oriented projects and activities are initiated by parishioners and our sister church, the Living Beatitudes Community. We are intentional about living out our values of justice and reconciliation, and we actively seek out opportunities to work for justice and peace within our community.
United Nations Global Compact & Human Rights Committee
The United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), adopted in 1999, is a voluntary initiative based on CEO commitments to implement universal sustainability principles and take steps to support UN sustainability goals. In 2015 Christ Church accepted an invitation to participate in the UNGC. Christ Church’s application was accepted by UN General Secretary, Kofi Annan, as the first UNGC faith community participant. In order to familiarize the congregation to the principles of the UNGC, the Vestry arranged to distribute copies the Human Rights Pocketbook to every Christ Church family at the services on December 8-9, 2018.
A committee has been established to define Christ Church’s role as a faith community member of the UNGC, and facilitate its obligations to respect, protect, and promote the ten principles, especially human rights. If you are interested and willing to assist in this project, please contact the church office to get in touch with the committee chair.
UNGC participants commit to two things: (1) to support the ten principles of the UNGC with respect to human rights, decent work and leisure, clean air and water, developing a plan to engage its stakeholders and the general public; and (2) to submit a Communication on Engagement to the UNGC on how it has engaged its stakeholders and the general public, especially businesses and other UNGC participants. Learn more about the UNGC here: https://www.unglobalcompact.org/what-is-gc/mission/principles