|QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION:
recognition of the
freedom, justice and peace in the world,
rights of all members of the
the equal and inalienable
inherent dignity and of
human family is the foundation of
Seeing Christ in Human Rights
The Anglican Examiner
|Everyone is entitled to all the rights
and freedoms set forth in this
Declaration, without distinction of any
kind, such as race, colour, sex,
language, religion, political or other
opinion, national or social origin,
property, birth or other status.
Furthermore, no distinction shall be
made on the basis of the political,
jurisdictional or international status of
the country or territory to which a
person belongs, whether it be
independent, trust, non-self-governing
or under any other limitation of
|When you think of your experience of Jesus--in scripture, tradition, reason, and
--What suggests that we are entitled to freedom?
--What evidence do we have that Jesus makes no distinctions of the
kind listed above?
--Are there distinctions Jesus rejects that are not mentioned above?
In your view, does the language of Article 2 of the Declaration:
--Limit the forms of discrimination that should be rejected?
--Apply only to governments or nation-states?
|The Church and Labor
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|The portrait of Jesus in the gospels presents us with a potent mandate for the dissolution of
the false barriers that divide society. Whether one was of a different nationality or sex, e.g.,
the Samaritan woman (John 4:1-26), or socially and economically displaced, e.g., the
ministry to the unclean of society (Mark 7:24-30), all were humanized in his words and
actions. The letter to the Galatians further reflects this equity beyond social standing
promoted by the early church, “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or
free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” (Gal. 3:28)
The life of Jesus is testimony to his belief in human freedom. I believe it is significant that
Jesus sought out people with disabilities. He was both a healer and a role model. He knew
intuitively that we are not just our bodies. He welcomed all to his sermons, and objected
strenuously when some of his followers wanted to exclude people or prevent people from
coming up to see him. It is obvious that the life lived by Jesus inspired millions to espouse
human freedom and dignity. It is my belief, that the life lived by Jesus inspired the
founding fathers of the United States in their writing of the Declaration of Independence.