The Shakertown Pledge

(If you prefer, you can replace the word 'God' with one which fits your own belief system)

Recognising that the earth & the fulness thereof is a gift from our gracious God, & that we are called to cherish, nurture, & provide loving stewardship for the earth's resources.

And recognising that life itself is a gift, & a call to responsibility, joy & celebration.

I make the following declaration:

The Shakertown Pledge originated when a group of religious retreat centre directors gathered at the site of a restored Shaker village near Harrodsburg, Kentucky. A number of us were personally moved by the global poverty-ecology crisis we saw all around us, & we covenanted together to reduce our levels of consumption, to share our personal wealth with the world's poor, & to work for a new social order in which all people have equal access to the resources they need. We have since been joined by others.

We believe that all people of faith should take this pledge. We know from the Scriptures that we are commanded to make the cause of the poor & the oppressed our own. If we are truly to practice our faith, then we cannot sit idly by while others starve. It's as simple as that

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