Social and economic justice, human dignity and concern for creation were a significant focus for the Swiss reformer, John Calvin, whose theological perspectives were based on the principle of the sovereignty of God in all spheres of life, including a commitment to faithful living and an affirmation of the regulation of life according to God’s will.
Justice in the economy, on the earth and for all of God’s creation remains a priority concern for Reformed Christians as a crucial life and justice issue. A challenge for Christians is how to live faithfully in these times of economic injustice.
A just economy is essential to the integrity of the Christian faith. This belief is at the heart of the Accra Confession, a prophetic statement on economic and environmental justice that was created in 2004 by the then World Alliance of Reformed Churches (a predecessor organization of the WCRC).
At its inception in 2010, the WCRC endorsed the Accra Confession and also adopted as essential guidelines the following:
The São Paulo Statement, from the 2012 Global Ecumenical Conference on a New International Financial and Economic Architecture, has also been recognized as an important document on economic justice and is being studied by the WCRC.
The WCRC partners with the Council for World Mission, the Lutheran World Federation and the World Council of Churches in the New International Financial and Economic Architecture (NIFEA) initiative, working together to bring a more just economy to the world. Together the WCRC and its partners hold the annual GEM School, the Ecumenical School on Governance, Economics and Management (GEM) for an Economy of Life.