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Welcome to the latest edition of #UpForJustice, the monthly update from the ISJC containing news, articles and a prayer focus from The Salvation Army's International Social Justice Commission (ISJC) based in New York City, USA.

This month Lieut-Colonel Dean Pallant, Director of the International Social Justice Commission, challenges us to mobilise for social justice.

‘Go and do something!’

Most Salvationists know the story of William Booth returning home to London in the early morning hours in 1888. He slept badly because he had seen people sleeping out under the bridges along the River Thames. The next morning he challenged his eldest son, Bramwell: ‘Do you know that fellows are sleeping out at night on the bridges? Sleeping out all night on the stone?’ Bramwell said he did which shocked the founder of The Salvation Army. ‘You knew that,’ he said, ‘and you haven’t done anything!’

Bramwell made a few more lame excuses causing the General to say angrily: ‘Oh, I don't care about all that stuff. I’ve heard it before. But go and do something. Do something, Bramwell, do something!’[1]

William Booth would be a great supporter of the 2017 Salvation Army ‘The Whole World Mobilising’ campaign. He was a man of action. This conversation, between the founder of The Salvation Army and his eldest son, resulted in the birth of The Salvation Army’s social ministry. Two years after this exchange, William Booth’s book, In Darkest England and the Way Out was published laying out a plan for The Army’s social work. The plan was implemented and still makes a significant difference in the lives of millions of people.

Booth’s plan was not just to meet needs – he wanted to change the world. He understood that required addressing the causes of misery as well as the effects. This was not simply a humanitarian initiative. It was social work and social justice. It encompassed emergency relief as well as personal and community development and advocacy.

The International Social Justice Commission is encouraging Salvationists to mobilise for social justice as part of the Whole World Mobilising campaign (https://mobilising.salvationarmy.org). In every community there are issues of justice that demand our attention. Another General of The Salvation Army wrote the haunting words, ‘If we close our eyes, perhaps they’ll go away…’[2] In reality the problems don’t get solved if we look the other way or bury our heads in the sand. We are called to be 21st century Bramwells.

‘Go and do something. Do something, Bramwell, do something!’
[1] Begbie, Harold, The History of The Salvation Army, Volume 2, 1920, London
[2] Gowans, John, Salvation Army Songbook 2015, Song 935.
The ISJC team will be recording regular ‘live’ updates. The most recent update is available now.

Updates from the ISJC

  • The ISJC is launching two new publications at the 2017 Commission on the Status of Women. The first is called ‘Building A Just World’ and assesses The Salvation Army’s contribution to the Millenium Development Goals between 2000 and 2015. The second report is called ‘Go and Do Something’ and is a resource to help people mobilise for social justice. Both reports will be available in print and online. If you wish to have a copy, please email IHQ-ISJC@salvationarmy.org and we will send you one.
  • During March, Lieut-Colonel Dean Pallant and Dr Laurelle Smith will be attending the meeting of the International Moral and Social Issues Council in London under the chairmanship of Dr James Read. This will be a joint meeting with the International Theological Council and your prayers will be much appreciated.

  • The ISJC has a new logo. This will be appearing on all ISJC communications in future. In addition, a complimentary logo has been designed to be used by all parts of The Salvation Army who are committed to seeking justice. If you want to use this logo please email IHQ-ISJC@salvationarmy.org and we will send you a high resolution version.

Prayer focus

Let us not be discouraged by the obvious lack of justice on Earth, but instead constantly pray.
  • Pray for the fight against human trafficking around the world. Please pray for the meeting of the International Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force on 9 and 10 March in New York.
  • Pray for preparations for the Commission on the Status of Women which will be held in New York City from 13 to 25 March 2017. For the first time this year, The Salvation Army is presenting its work at CSW. Please pray for the presenters who include Colonel Marieke Venter, Captain Andrews Christian, Mr Bram Bailey, Ms Anne Makumi, Ms Anne Gregora, Mr Ben Gilbert, Major Heather Grinsted, Ms April Foster and Lieut-Colonel Eirwen Pallant.
  • The implementation of The Salvation Army’s Accountability Movement around the world. Please continue to pray for Commissioner Robert Donaldson, International Secretary for Accountability and Governance, in these early months in office.
  • Pray for the new United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres. The political world is in a state of flux and change. Pray for wise leaders who will find creative ways to address critical issues such as the wars in the Middle East, the refugee crisis around the world, and the need for good jobs, health and education for millions of people who are presently not fulfilling their God-given potential.
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