Wesley Mission seeks to offer justice, hope and peace in all that we do. We work toward a more just, inclusive and fair society at every level of operation from our services, outreach programs, worship activities, events and corporate life. We believe that building loving and respectful relationships and engaging in acts of service for those in need are a means of implementing God’s love and purpose for humanity.
At the core of Wesley Mission’s belief in social justice is the recognition that God is portrayed consistently in the Bible as a God of justice:
“Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
your justice like the great deep.
You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.”
(Psalm 36:5-7 TNIV)
The Bible makes it very clear that the nature of God is also to be embodied by those who love God and wish to follow Him. To work toward a more just and fair world is not just an optional extra, it is an essential quality of what it means to live a Christian life. In the Old Testament the prophet Amos voices God’s displeasure for those who call themselves followers of Him and worship Him in music and song but are not looking out for those who are poor, needy or in distress: “Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps. But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream.” (Amos 5:23-25 TNIV)
Wesley Mission also believes that the incarnation of Jesus Christ—His life, death and resurrection—was God’s means of bringing about liberation and freedom from oppression and injustice for all people. We seek to bring God’s vision of a reconciled world, made possible through Jesus Christ, into the present. Jesus embodied God’s purpose for people to love their neighbour as themselves, to love and pray for enemies, to heal the sick, to give to the poor and to challenge systems and structures that are fed by oppression.
We take very seriously the responsibility to be involved in social and national affairs, upholding core Christian principles and values such as the equality of all humans, the need for integrity in public life, a robust and transparent democracy, personal, cultural and religious dignity, and the concern for the welfare of those who are less fortunate. Our history, and the tradition of the Methodist Church, is replete with figures that have spoken out and advocated on behalf of those who are disadvantaged, taking on board the biblical instruction to “Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” (Proverbs 31:9 TNIV)
In building a stronger, fairer and more sustainable society Wesley Mission is committed to responding with care and generosity to the disadvantaged and vulnerable. We recognise the importance of creation and make environmental care a priority. We stand alongside Indigenous Australians and other minority groups. We work toward justice and a better life for all people.