Resolutions of the Wyoming Association of Churches Updated 2016

 

For Sacred Ground:  God created the universe and it is good. All is inter-connected. We seek to bless all of creation and future generations by serving as stewards of Your sacred ground.

Sadly, greed and convenience are blinding us. We are failing to fulfill our responsibility to serve as stewards of Your creation. As a result, the poor, vulnerable, and future generations disproportionately carry the burdens of our collective sin. It pains us to witness the manifestations of our sin, including: climate change, ocean acidification, over-consumption of natural resources, overpopulation, habitat destruction, unprecedented loss of fish and wildlife species, and the poisoning and waste of blessed water.

The good news is that we seek to help churches across Wyoming, champion environmental justice. To this end, we propose the following faithful stewardship actions as expressions of our love of God, neighbor, and creation—our common home:

  • Support congregations in greening churches, such as efforts to reduce consumption rates
  • Educate congregations to conserve ecological integrity of sacred ground in Wyoming, like the Red Desert and grasslands
  • Promote an energy future of nonrenewable and renewable energy sources like photovoltaic, solar, wind, safe nuclear, biomass, geothermal, and hydroelectric to mitigate climate change and diversify Wyoming’s economy
  • Educate congregations surrounding the unsustainable rate of population growth and rapid decrease of creation’s capacity to feed, clothe, and shelter the current human population (7.5 billion) and the additional 2.5 billion people expected by 2050.
  • Advocate for: responsible development; groundwater monitoring and protections; holding developers accountable for pollution; workforce protections; and adequate funding for family planning services in Wyoming.
  • Join with a coalition of Wyoming and national organizations to oppose efforts at both the state and national level to cede the nation’s public lands over to state control.  This includes all lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Reclamation, the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

 

For Peace and Justice:  “We are one family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic and ideological differences. We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, wherever they may be.” (From Catholic Charities, USA)  We envision a society that promotes human dignity and the capacity for each to grow. Marred by deepening divisions among us, especially the rich and the poor, as a moral duty, we advocate for and with the poor, prisoners, foreigners, and others who are vulnerable.  Therefore, we support systems, causes, actions and laws that do the following:

  • Oppose discrimination and support equality regardless of religion, color, race, national origin, age, disabilities, gender identity or sexual orientation.
  • Seek to reduce poverty by improving access to affordable housing, food, health care, child and vulnerable adult care and a living wage.
  • Promote immigration reform that shows compassion, does not break up families and allows an accessible path to citizenship for those already in the United States.
  • Promote a criminal justice system that eliminates capital punishment, rehabilitates, provides chaplains, pays correctional employees adequately, has a mother/child nursery program and provides mentors upon release.
  • Support juvenile justice reform for incarcerated juveniles to be separate from adults, for a separate juvenile court system and for treatment alternatives to incarceration.
  • Support efforts to reduce and to treat addictions to tobacco, alcohol, other drugs and gambling, including opposing a state lottery in Wyoming.
  • Advance peace-making and oppose violence, physical and emotional, to solve problems within the home, privately, publicly and globally.
  • Oppose proliferation of weapons of war in the United States and globally.
  • Support ethics and transparency in government, including electronic recording of votes for the state legislature.
  • Intentional listening, learning and caring conversation with the Native American peoples of the State of Wyoming, with the express intent of fostering understanding of Native American issues and how the Wyoming Association of Churches can stand in solidarity with our Native American neighbors, while respecting Native American cultures, lifestyles and spirituality.
  • Provide churches and community groups with tools to enhance practices and policies to become more welcoming, diverse and inclusive of all.
  • Support hate crimes legislation in Wyoming, so as to recognize the seriousness of an offense where a victim or property is harmed in a way that affects a class of people.

 

For Spiritual Life: The family of faith, represented in the Wyoming Association of Churches, contains a broad diversity of denominations and variety of beliefs, yet within our diversity we persistently seek unity.  Our ethical systems, while centered upon love of God and neighbor, also have distinct differences.  In the midst of these differences we seek to honor each individual’s conscience, and in the spirit of mutual respect for each unique tradition, we therefore affirm the following:

  • Support religious liberty and the ability to exercise one’s rights based on conscience, moral codes and beliefs.
  • Public policy should not unnecessarily impose or give privilege to any one particular viewpoint.
  • Support public policies that both respect religious liberty and protect against the use of religious beliefs or traditions to discriminate or undermine equality.
  • Seek to advance religious liberty and justice that respects individuals, supports the common good and reflects mutual respect and affirmation toward the diverse and independent faith traditions that make Wyoming strong.
  • Religious Liberty: The family of faith, represented in the Wyoming Association of Churches, contains a broad diversity of denominations and variety of beliefs, yet within our diversity we persistently seek unity.  Our ethical systems, while centered upon love of God and neighbor, also have distinct differences.  In the midst of these differences we seek to honor each individual’s conscience, and in the spirit of mutual respect for each unique tradition, we therefore affirm the following:
    • Support religious liberty and the ability to exercise one’s rights based on conscience, moral codes and beliefs.
    • Public policy should not unnecessarily impose or give privilege to any one particular viewpoint.
    • Support public policies that both respect religious liberty and protect against the use of religious beliefs or traditions to discriminate or undermine equality.
    • Seek to advance religious liberty and justice that respects individuals, supports the common good and reflects mutual respect and affirmation toward the diverse and independent faith traditions that make Wyoming strong.