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Richard Waugh: Key Issues in NZ identified by Christian Social Services

 

Christian leaders and churches throughout New Zealand often work together in ways people don’t know about.

The social service organisations of six of the main churches – Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian and Salvation Army – deliver a huge portion of social services throughout our nation.

The heads of churches, with the social service agencies, do much together, especially in their advocacy work to Government. Three current topics – in this election year - are of prayerful concern; housing, immigration and social investment.

Proper housing is essential for good family health and community wellbeing. Pray for all political parties to be active in having policies and processes that help families get into affordable and healthy housing.

Churches have long been involved advocating for a culture of welcome and hospitality, including helping refugees from overseas resettle here. We Christians advocate for right and proper immigration policies.

The recent creation of the Social Investment Agency gives the churches an opportunity to work with Government so that poverty and abuse can be eradicated in New Zealand. Christians affirm every person has dignity as a valuable child of God. We follow the teaching from Jesus of loving our neighbour. The Prophet Amos, said it so well, “Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream” (Amos 5:24).