Academic journal article International Review of Mission

Basic Principles: A Synthesis Taken from the United Church of Christ in the Philippines Document "Partnership in Mission."(International Review of Mission)

Academic journal article International Review of Mission

Basic Principles: A Synthesis Taken from the United Church of Christ in the Philippines Document "Partnership in Mission."(International Review of Mission)

Article excerpt

1. The use of the term partnership is an attempt by the UCCP to find a new definition of global human relationships.

2. Partnership is a covenant relationship entered into by two or more churches sharing common concerns, interests and perspectives based on a mutual recognition and understanding of a common missiological task.

3. Partnership implies a reordering of relationships so that historical experiences are transformed into new images of wholeness, mutuality, interdependence and unity among covenanting communities.

4. Partnership begins with a common vision of a global community and a recognition of a God who breaks into the word through the lives and straggles of peoples wanting to free themselves from all forms of human bondage and injustice.

5. Partnership demands broader analysis that leads to shared understanding and perception of the personal and social roots of injustice. This allows for the naming of the powers and structures that perpetuate economic injustice and deny basic human rights.

6. Partnership demands a confession of and repentance from personal and ecclesial complicity with the powers of injustice. It implies a confrontation of those principalities and structures that hold back the full reign of God.

7. Partnership calls for the sharing of resources and faith-heightened life experiences where partners minister to one another, listen to one another, critique one another, and trust one another.

8. Partnership underscores equality in the relationship among churches where no church dominates another because of affluence, nor becomes arrogant because of experience. …

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