Get involved in the Global Church Pledge on behalf of vulnerable children
What is the Global Church Pledge and why do we need it?
In 2019, a group representing faith-based organisations gathered together in New York during the United Nations General Assembly to discuss how we can together accelerate our efforts to see Christians supporting children in safe, loving families around the world (watch the video here).
We quickly realised that there is a rising urgency to mobilise the global Church to support family-based care as the pace accelerates in international reforms. Organisations such as the UN are taking bold steps forward in promoting family-care for children and we believe the Church could and should be at the forefront of this movement. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly exacerbated the issues facing vulnerable children, so at this critical juncture, it is more important than ever for the global Church to stand up and be counted.
The Pledge was developed both as a catalysing mechanism that will unify the global Church and bring about practice change (signatories will receive information and resources on how they can support and advocate for family-based care) AND as an engagement tool for in-country NGOs and organisations like yours to use as you engage with churches in your area of influence (there will be a promo pack that will resource you to promote the Pledge and get church leaders in your area on board). The Pledge does not ‘belong’ to any particular organisation – it belongs to all of us who are working day in and day out to see children thriving in safe and loving families.
I hope you agree that we need a ground swell of voices to rise in support of family care. The Church must be part of the care reform conversation at the local, national and global levels. Now is the time for the Global Church to rise up on behalf of vulnerable children around the world.
We are planning on launching the Pledge in the coming months and are now beginning to build early momentum to ensure that it is as impactful as possible – we already have 30 key organisations on board and would love yours to be part of it too.
To do this, we need your help!
Could you be an early signer of the pledge on behalf of your organisation?
Could you record a short video in the next few days in support of the Pledge?
This is your chance to get involved in the early stages of the Pledge and to add your voice in support by filming a 30-second video clip. It will only take a couple of minutes and will be incredibly helpful in building momentum! Along with others, your video will form part of a promo film that will be used as we launch and promote the Pledge (particularly in the US and UK in October and November). We hope to use as many of the video clips as possible, but please bear in mind that this may not be possible.
Please view the attached document for instructions on recording a video of support:
Global Church Pledge – Instructions for recording your video of support
If you know of any church leaders who might also be able to sign the pledge and record a video in the next week or so, please do forward this onto them. We would love the promo video to be as international as possible!
Please don’t hesitate to reply to this email with any questions, thoughts and encouragements 😊.
Thank you for your help – we can’t do this without you!
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