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North Carolina has recently been the focus of some of the most aggressive assaults on the needs of the poor and unemployed, the voting rights of the marginalized and support for public education and health care.   Obviously, these are all matters upon which the Call and content of the Gospel, the values of the Biblical Tradition and the Kingdom of God have important insight to share. 

Yet these issues are surfacing within the context of a political process.  Therefore, many of our Pastors and leaders may have a legitimate reluctance to allow the Church to be perceived as engaging in partisan politics.  This reluctance is sometimes combined with the desire to avoid engaging matters of some controversy, especially those that might cause discomfort by exposing differences of opinion.  There is even reluctance to sharing information through the communication networks of our church.

The result is our Church being largely silent and on the sidelines in the midst of some of the most significant moral conversation and contemplation in recent history.  

Ethical reflection rooted in solid biblical scholarship which risks engaging differences of opinion, is one of the great strengths of our Church.  It is something that Lutherans do very well.   Our commitment to open process, and a sense that the journey of reflection is of more value than arriving at a homogenized conclusion, has served us well in the past.   Providing the occasion to explore these significant and timely issues from the vantage point of the values and principles of Faith, may be one of the most powerful gifts we could share with our communities.
Welcome to the conversation!

“If we call ourselves Disciples of Jesus but don’t address the needs of the poor, either we are pretending that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we have to acknowledge that he commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don't want to do it.”


(paraphrased from Stephen Colbert)

NAVIGATING PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES GUIDED BY A MORAL COMPASS

Photos by: Phil Fonville