“Inequality fuels poverty, deepens the abuse of power, undermines social cohesion and threatens to pull our societies apart. [It] provokes violence, crime and insecurity at all levels of society. [It] denies millions of people...the ability to live full lives with dignity” (Sigtuna Statement on Diaconia in a Time of Inequality 2017).
The reduction of inequalities is one of 17 Sustainable Development Goals proclaimed by the United Nations. It is also a concern of the World Council of Churches which is part of the Fight Inequality Alliance that aims to “build a global movement to counter the excessive concentration of power and wealth in the hands of a small elite and achieve a just, equal and sustainable world".
During the week of 18-25 January, we celebrate two important events: the Week of Action to Fight Inequality and the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity which has as its theme for 2019, “justice and only justice you shall pursue” (Deuteronomy 16, 18-20).
As Christians we are a diverse, worldwide family. Jesus calls us to be the light of the world, to preach the good news to those that have less. Where can our worldwide network serve as a light in a world of tremendous inequalities? Where can the Holy Spirit help us to come together as one and discover our potential for enacting change?