We face an unprecedented convergence of global crises.
Global warming and environmental collapse, the danger of cataclysmic violence enhanced by weapons of mass destruction, the rise of unaccountable elites, and the growing gap between the ultra-rich and the multitudes are the current realities of our world.
In 2015, 42.2 million Americans lived in food insecure households. There are 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally. The United States is the world's leader in incarceration. Women and girls do the bulk of unpaid work. The world’s total energy demand keeps rising. The average person generates 4.3 pounds of waste per day. The U.S military spends $598.5 billion. 1 in 3 women are abused. Among those paid by the hour, 1.3 million people earned the prevailing federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
To face this unprecedented convergence of global crises we need a historic, grassroots, bottom-to-top convergence of people of faith, coming together in a vital spiritual and social movement. While this convergence must bridge traditions through multi-religious partnerships, it must also build movements of spiritual vitality and solidarity within all major traditions. As committed followers of Christ, we are building this Convergence Network among forward-leaning Christians in the United States and challenging ourselves and others to work together to change the world.
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1. We are committed to ending poverty and reducing inequality in all its forms.
2. We are committed to ending homelessness.
3. We are committed to equal pay for women.
4. We are committed to ending for-profit policing.
5. We are committed to the elimination of human trafficking.
6. We are committed to ending war, transforming conflict and building peace.
7. We are committed to the elimination of capital punishment.
8. We are committed to the elimination of violence and exploitation against women and girls.
9. We are committed to paid family leave.
10. We are committed to women’s reproductive rights.
11. We are committed to the elimination of homophobia, Islamophobia, classism, sexism, racism and all other expressions of bigotry.
1. We are committed to affordable and clean energy.
2. We are committed to carbon deduction.
3. We are committed to investing in eco-friendly measures of sustainability.
4. We are committed to the conservation and preservation of all forms of life.
5. We are committed to educating all ages about eco-accountability.
6. We are committed to reducing, reusing and recycling waste.
1. We are committed to the development of progressive liturgical worship resources that promote a just and generous orthodoxy.
2. We are committed to developing a national ecumenical network of faith leaders committed to the common good.
3. We are committed to highlighting existing models and prototyping new models of theological education.
4. We are committed to the healthy development of children, youth and college-aged young people.
5. We are committed to lifelong learning.
6. We are committed to engagement with intercultural and interfaith gatherings.
We are committed to the freedom of nonviolent protest and communication.
We are committed to contemplative activism.
We are committed to conflict resolution as a means of healthy communication.
1. We are committed to food safety and security.
2. We are committed to the elimination of urban food deserts.
3. We are committed to combating obesity.
4. We are committed to clean water access.
5. We are committed to proper sanitation.
6. We are committed to the spiritual and mental well being of all people.
We are committed to a national minimum of $15 per hour.
We are committed to decent work and pay for all people.
We are committed to sustainable economic growth.
We are committed to partnerships that create financial alternatives for the poor.
We are committed to regulating big banks and closing corporate loopholes.
1. We are committed to structural changes to our campuses and buildings that minimize our environmental footprint.
2. We are committed to the sharing of resources, knowledge, information, technology, and innovation for the common good.
3. We are committed to the formation of inclusive industrialization and growth
4. We are committed to companies and corporations that foster innovation and invest in entrepreneurial ventures.
5. We are committed to emerging funding models for faith-based nonprofit sustainability.
6. We are committed to the power of divestment in unethical funds and investment in ethical funds.