We at the Delaware Project believe that fighting for social justice issues is one of the main calls of Christianity. Standing alongside our oppressed, underprivileged, and discriminated against brothers and sisters is of utmost importance to our mission and vision. As we continue to grow as a faith community, our hope is that our presence grows in the realms of social justice; locally, nationally, and worldwide.
As followers of Jesus, we are called to the same ministries that he was a part of. Jesus was a radical teacher who shook the social foundations of the society in which he worked. The radical part of Jesus' love was that he loved those who were on the outskirts of society, who were excluded from the mainstream and ostracized for their perceived shortcomings. If we are to truly follow Jesus, then we must love and act in the same way. It is not possible to be a passive follower of Jesus. We aim to prove that. Here are some issues that we care about:
We believe that no person should be discriminated against based on sexual orientation or gender identity. God has created each and every one of us as unique and beloved individuals, and we will honor and celebrate that uniqueness, and love each other in the way that God loves us. We actively support equal rights for the LGBTQ community, including marriage equality, workplace protections, and educational freedom.
We believe that all of creation calls out to be loved and cared for by God and by humanity, including the forests, rivers, oceans, atmosphere, soil and animals. As caretakers of the earth we are called to work with nature, not exploit and destroy it. We believe in sustainable practices such as waste reduction, recycling, organic/local farming, water conservation, and wildlife conservation.
We believe that no one should ever be discriminated against or persecuted for their race, ethnicity, or cultural background. We celebrate the diversity that a multi-ethnic world brings to humanity, and rejoice in the differences that make us whole. We believe in actively fighting against institutions that have racism embedded into them, including economics/businesses, the judicial system, and education.
We believe that women are not second class citizens and are not responsible for being subservient to men. We believe that the idea of women being less valuable is backward-thinking, oppressive, and in need of changing. This line of thought leads to violence against women, unfair work practices, rape culture, the legislation of women's bodies, and much more. We actively fight against these results, as well as against the historical thinking that creates these problems.
We believe that no person should suffer through the hardships of finding food, clothing, or shelter that are associated with homelessness and poverty. Every human alive has the right to these basic human needs and any attempt, both intentional and unintentional, to prevent someone from receiving these basic needs is considered an injustice. We strive to alleviate the problems of poverty and provide resources to raise one's self out of poverty if desired.
We believe that everyone has a right to education, and that race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or class should not hinder one's choice and opportunity to an education. We also believe that education should hold itself to high standards for teaching its students, and that ignoring the histories of any minority group is unacceptable. Education is a right, not a privilege.