BOLD Justice Credo

BOLD Justice Credo

The purpose of this document is to outline four core values that unite the organizers, clergy, and leaders working to build congregation-based Justice Ministries of BOLD Justice.

We believe in the biblical story of justice. The biblical story offers abundance, love, hope, promise, and community. In this story, loving God and your neighbor as yourself gives life meaning (Leviticus 19:18 and Luke 10:27). We believe that fighting for justice is fundamental to our identity as people of faith (Micah 6:8 and Matthew 23:23-24).

We stand over and against the "cult of money". The cult of money uses consumer culture to promote stories of scarcity, hate, fear, despair, and "me-ism". In opposition to the biblical story, meaning comes from accumulating more and better "things", i.e. greed.

We need the power of organized people to win justice (Nehemiah 5). Through direct action, organized people from a cross-section of faith traditions publicly hold decision-makers accountable on justice issues that affect their communities. We cultivate relationships with people from diverse cultures who share the values of abundance, love, hope and promise. We support one another in this struggle for justice.

We embrace high standards and rigorous accountability because our task is so important. Those who build the power of organized people are recognized and promoted at all levels in the network. Leaders and staff conduct evaluations to achieve understanding, not to assign blame. Each of us celebrates when another succeeds. We embrace pragmatic, not dogmatic solutions. We are in this work for the long haul.