Project on community ethics for churches and corporations

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Start Date: 
Fri, 06/01/1990
End Date: 
Tue, 06/30/1992

Charles Rawlings developed a three-year ecumenical program in New Jersey involving corporate leaders and their pastors in local congregations. The project sought to address complex social policy issues in the context of Christian ethical reflection and action. Although the program could not find financial support to continue beyond the initial development stage, several interesting conclusions were drawn about the process from the project directors. For example, they concluded that "the degree of animation and stimulation participants experienced... because the group was multi-racial and multi- cultural... seemed as important to participants as is the content of very high quality formal presentations." They also agreed that "one of the moral disasters of our time is the separate world into which people in and outside of the churches have fled to escape diversity and the stranger." In particular, "conferees responded very positively to the engagement between the issue of the church's future ministry and mission and questions of racial and cultural pluralism or of economic justice." (MH)