Those of the Christian faith tradition are charged with carrying out the ministry of Jesus Christ by proclaiming Christ’s love and redemption while also lifting up the needs of the underserved by advocating for social justice in our communities and in the world. It’s the mission of the church to be inclusive to all people regardless of their age, ethnicity, gender, background, sexual orientation or sexual identity. Christ welcomes all of us regardless of where our story starts or how we identify ourselves into a relationship with him and each other.
The church also has a mission to carry out social-justice in our communities in the world. At the very center of Christ’s teachings was compassion for the poor, the underserved, and the forgotten. Modern day Christians are called to carry out the mission of Jesus Christ by being a voice for equality specifically the LGBTQ+ community while also denouncing racism and hate in our society. Modern day Christians also are called to be a voice on issues relating to environmental justice, health care, veterans, and the issues of poverty affecting our urban and rural communities.
Additionally, the church and faith communities must seek to foster reconciliation between those of different political, social, ethnic, and generational backgrounds. The church must seek to foster healing between those especially in the United States who have different political differences ranging from conservative to progressive–providing an opportunity for those to be heard, recognized, and respected. This also includes seeking conversation between those of different theological beliefs within Christianity. Despite our differences, we together make up “the body of Christ” and need to respect and work with one another.
To read more about the tenants of Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) click here.
Anyone and everyone can be spiritual. Regardless of your faith beliefs or religious traditions, spirituality means having an understanding there is something much larger to ourselves that connects us to one another as well as search for meaning and purpose while requiring love, hope, and compassion.
For those of us who are professional chaplains, we dedicate ourselves to being a spiritual presence in the lives of others as they wrestle with the important questions in their lives. Chaplains and those in spiritual care help individuals deal with: alienation, forgiveness and reconciliation, mortality, loss of control, relationship tensions, and purpose and meaning.
● Affirm the dignity and value of each individual no matter who they are.
● Don’t put their own religious values on others, rather help individuals find strength in their own spiritual values and traditions.
● Respect the cultural, ethnic, gender, racial, sexual orientation, gender identity and religious diversity of other professionals and those served and strive to eliminate discrimination.
● Serve as an advocate for social justice and the well being of those whom we are providing spiritual care.
For a complete code of ethics set forth by the Association of Professional Chaplains, please click here to learn more about the standards for chaplains and the code of ethics we adhere. For the mission of the United States Air Force Chaplain Corps, click here.
To read more about the un-restrictive, open and affirming commitment to provide spiritual care to the LGBTQ+ community by those endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), click here.