Living our Principles

Throughout the world people of faith are the first responders to the suffering of our neighbors... Faithfully advocating along side people who bear the ills of our times.

"Living our Principles" episodes and accompanying reflection material seek to answer the question: "Who is our neighbor?" The narratives and partnership represented in the six episodes illustrate ways people of faith live out their values and convictions.

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Episode 1 -- The Natural World

Stewards of the earth choose to care for the whole of creation. Their stories have a profound love and respect for the dignity and integrity of the natural world. They protect the land they rely on even in turbulent and insecure times. Learn how they cope with natural disaster, overconsumption, and abuse of the land for profit. Learn how they embrace new ways to cultivate the earth's good resources so that they may contribute to the common good in the "Natural World."

Episode 2 -- The Nurturing Community

Each person is of sacred worth. Therefore, each community is tasked to care for the most vulnerable and to nurture them into their full potential. Vulnerable people are often women and children trapped in poverty. they face instability and violence, disease and war. In this episode you meet individuals and visit communities working to create a new future with hope. How can we restore healing and hope among survivors? Listen to their stories; reflect on what you are called to do to build the "Nurturing Community."

Episode 3 -- Together in Community

There is power and potential in communities coming together, forming partnerships to meet the needs of those who are most vulnerable in society. This transformation begins with listening to those on the margins to eliminate the prejudices our society perpetuates. Then armed with information, coalitions form to address the needs identified, and advocacy commences. Communities generate renewal as individuals garner and share their education, training and gifts.

Episode 4 -- Economic Community

The majority of the world's people and nations live in poverty. This inequality leads to extreme vulnerability, insecurity, exploitation and oppression. These stories emphasize how communities and persons work to create a more just, stable society. Transition to a just society ensures that all persons' basic needs are met, jobs are created, and opportunities are secured for the improvement of the quality of life of all persons in the world.

Episode 5 -- Politics, Power and the World

Politics and power shape the world that we live in. People of faith cannot ignore the political arena. In this episode we hear from persons who chose public office because of their faith. We are reminded that people of faith are joining advocacy groups to construct a unified voice for social change.

Episode 6 -- A Selection of Stories

All that has been created depends on a flourishing natural world to bring about abundance. How do we protect life as stewards of the earth? Communities are also tasked to care for the most vulnerable because each person is made in the image of God. How do we affirm each other's dignity when the majority of the world's people and nations live in poverty? This inequality leads to extreme vulnerability, insecurity, exploitation and oppression. Vulnerable peoples are often women and children who live in poverty, and face instablity and insecurity. These are the stories of communities and leaders who gather people together to share their passions and public commitments for a more sustainable and just society.