29 March 2018

MEMBERS of The Salvation Army's International Moral and Social Issues Council (IMASIC) attended events in the United Nations General Assembly marking International Women’s Day on 8 March. The group was already in New York, USA, for a four-day IMASIC meeting held at the International Social Justice Commission (ISJC).

In line with worldwide demonstrations against the abuse of women such as the #MeToo movement, the UN meeting adopted the theme #TheTimeIsNow. UN Secretary General António Guterres told the audience: ‘Let me be clear: this is not a favour to women. Gender equality is a human rights issue, but it is also in all our interests: men and boys, women and girls. Gender inequality and discrimination against women harms us all. There is ample evidence that investing in women is the most effective way to lift communities, companies, and even countries.’ The Salvation Army delegation also included officers and staff from the ISJC, USA Eastern Territorial Headquarters and Greater New York Divisional Headquarters.

Photo of IMASIC at the UN

Positional Statements

Meeting under the chair of Dr James E. Read (Canada and Bermuda Territory), IMASIC is responsible for developing positional statements which are based on principles derived from The Salvation Army’s understanding of Holy Scripture, Christian wisdom and experience gathered throughout history and The Salvation Army’s own ministry.

This IMASIC meeting began initial work to develop positional statements on sexism, capital punishment and the creation of life. Further development took place on eleven facilitator resources to encourage discussions on issues related to human sexuality.

Representing The Salvation Army world

The council currently comprises 15 Salvationists from all parts of The Salvation Army world. Members are rotated regularly, while always maintaining a wide geographical and cultural spread. Commissioner Heidi Bailey (USA Central Territory), Mr Derek Yeung (Hong Kong and Macau Command) and Major Vilece Thomas (Caribbean Territory) were attending their first meeting.

Before their meeting, the IMASIC members participated in an open evening at the USA Eastern Territory’s College for Officer Training. They answered questions and shared insights with officers, cadets and friends regarding challenging moral and social issues.

Report by Jacob Hevenor
ISJC Intern

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