Our Vision for Justice
Here at South West London Vineyard we view the Christian faith as being a vision, not only for individuals, but for society as well and how we can live well in all our relationships and communities.
In a world where many visions for humanity vie for our attention, as the church, we believe we need to be asking how the good news of the gospel of Jesus addresses some of the global, national & local questions of our age?
As a local church, we have a long way to go and a lot of work to do to address some of the many injustices experienced by those in the church, in this church and in our local communities and are committed to addressing these issues.
Over the coming year we want to develop a strategic approach to taking responsibility for addressing issues of justice.
Environment & Climate Change
Starting in October, we will be running a 5-week series on Sundays looking at what the Bible says about Climate Change & the Environment and how responding to climate change is an essential part of our responsibility to stewarding & safeguarding God's creation.
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We will be posting links to various resources referenced in these talks so do keep an eye on this space.
Race & Ethnicity
To pro-actively practise our belief in the equality of all peoples and valuing the richness that comes with racial and ethnic diversity. Racism is a sin; as such we oppose racism in all its forms. We believe that there should be a reflection of BAME followers of Jesus at all levels within the church, acknowledging that we are all part of the body of Christ made in the image of God, fully human.
Gender equality means that people of all genders are able to enjoy the same rights and opportunities in all aspects of their lives. UK law states that men and women should have equal rights in all areas such as pay, the right to vote and the job they do. However, this is not always the case, and certainly not always in religion, as men and women have traditionally had different roles to play in religious customs. We believe that all of humanity is equal, as all of humanity was created in the image and likeness of God. No one sex or race is above or superior to another. South West London Vineyard does not agree with any form of discrimination including gender discrimination. Men and women are equals and both are children of God.
To build welcoming communities in a rapidly changing world. How in practice can we as a local church, in partnership with others, tackle issues of immigration and make a positive difference to refugees & those seeking asylum?
Global poverty & Injustice
Working alongside other organisations to end modern day slavery; support peace & reconciliation both locally and across the globe; and work for human rights
Family, Marriage & Sexuality
We are to be committed to working well with and supporting the diversity of households across our local communities. Our commitment is to love, serve and support all individuals & families as best we can irrespective of our own personal beliefs, perspectives or positions
Poverty, Welfare & Financial Inclusion
Working to end poverty, hunger, and problem debt in our community and helping to create a more just economic system in which all people and communities can flourish. Life ‘in all its fullness’ includes being able to support ourselves and our families and having the chance to develop and use our skills and gifts. Too many lives are held back by poverty and lack of opportunity.