As Fellowship people, we believe that we are ambassadors of Christ in the larger societal context. We are to proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God, which is both present, and to come. Such witness points to the authority of God and the opportunity to be reconciled in Christ. As ambassadors of the kingdom, we are advocates for peace, justice, and transformation in Christ. Through our ministries, we seek to further women’s rights and religious freedom; we also hope these ministries lead the end of human trafficking, war, genocide, child labor, and torture.
Early in September, CBF co-sponsored a conference at Mercer University titled “Religious Faith, Torture, and Our National Soul“. The conference was broadcast live over the internet and was recorded for on demand viewing. The information from the sessions was deep and troubling. I encourage you to send some time reviewing the sessions. You can also read David Gushee’s opinion article on the Associated Baptist Press website where he gives a good overview of the conference.
Many of you have asked for tangible steps that you can take regarding this issue. We encourage you to go to the National Religious Campaign Against Torture web site, and participate with the thousands of others in the People of Faith Act, and sign in support of the Declaration of Principles for a Presidential Executive Order On Prisoner Treatment, Torture and Cruelty. There are also many materials for you to use in your congregation.