Last March Call to Renewals board decided it wanted a fresh expression of direction for the still youthful movement. The Call should, the board said, continue to address four related scandals and impediments to Gods shalompoverty, racism, breakdowns in family and community life, and threats to the dignity and value of life. And it should do this while promoting a vision of collaboration across political, theological, and denominational lines. But the time is also right, the board felt, to undertake a special campaign to overcome poverty.
The result is a new mission statement for the movement. In addition, the Call to Renewal is testing the use of the descriptive phrase "People of Faith Overcoming Poverty" to replace "Christians for a New Political Vision." The following statement reflects how the Call hopes to arouse the imagination and energy of Christians:
Call to Renewals mission is to invite the churches and other faith-based organizations to join together in a biblical commitment to overcome poverty, dismantle racism, promote healthier families and supportive communities, and reassert the dignity of each human life.
- We strengthen the capacity of existing church-based efforts for spiritual renewal, social responsibility, and moral politics.
- We help to build upon old, and create new, networks of cooperation among churches and faith-based organizations at both the local and national levels.
- We build partnerships with other faith communities, nonprofit organizations, business, labor, and government.
- We forge a unified, faith-based, and nonpartisan voice on the most critical public issues that could shape a more fair and just society for us all.