The Anglican Church has historically been active in social justice, most famously leading the charge with William Wilberforce in the abolishment of the slave trade, while also caring for the poor, the sick and the vulnerable. In this we follow the example of Jesus. While Christ told His disciples that our world will never be without poor and vulnerable people, He also told His followers to give clothes to the naked and food to the hungry. In this, we are being the hands and feet of Christ to people who are in need both physically and, often, spiritually.
42% of homeless children are under the age of 6
One of four women (25%) has experienced domestic violence in her lifetime
Human trafficking includes both sex trafficking and labor trafficking and is the second largest—and fastest growing—criminal industry in the world. The International Labor Organization estimates that there are at least 12.3 million adults and children in forced labor, bonded labor, and commercial sexual servitude.
While typically people think of “pro-life” as dealing only with abortion, being pro-life is really about defending and protecting the sacredness of all human life, because we are made in the image of God. And all life really means all life—from the unborn child in the womb, the homeless teenager, the abused mother, and the elderly man considering assisted suicide. Being pro-life is not just about abortion, euthanasia, and assisted suicide; it’s also about everyone who is vulnerable and in need in between!
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