Trafficking, Racial Righteousness Resolutions Now Online

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CHICAGO, IL (April 25, 2008) – Two proposed resolutions to be introduced at the 123rd Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) urge individual members and churches to combat human trafficking and work for racial righteousness.

The resolutions are now available online in the 2008 Annual Meeting section of the Covenant website, where other proposed documents and resources will also be found.

The Resolution on Global Slavery and Human Trafficking notes that 27 million people are enslaved – more than any time in history. According to U.S. government reports, at least 18,000 people are brought into the country to work as sex slaves. Trafficking also often involves exploitation of agricultural and sweatshop workers, as well as individuals working as domestic servants.

The resolution calls on churches to participate in the denomination’s international and national projects as well as work locally to fight slavery. To read an online Covenant news story about the actions of one church, see Harsh Reality.

Beyond the United States, human trafficking flourishes in countries where the Evangelical Covenant Church is present and active through indigenous congregations, especially in Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, India, and Thailand.

For more information on the denomination’s work, visit Human Trafficking.

The Resolution on Racial Righteousness includes sections of lament for injustices, confession and steps for future action. The resolution builds on a 1995 Resolution on Racial Reconciliation.

Among actions suggested by the resolution are participation in:
•    The Invitation to Racial Righteousness, an interactive weekend experience gathering diverse churches together for reflection and education, giving voice to stories of fear, injustice, and suffering
•    The Sankofa Journey, an interactive experience exploring historic sites of oppression in the civil rights movement and present realities of injustice
•    The Mosaic Experience, a multicultural experience exploring historical and present day racial and ethnic injustices
•     Developing learning experiences appropriate to a local congregation’s context and mission

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