FOSTERING CHRISTIAN GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT THROUGH INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION & LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
BELIEFS & VALUES
Although as an organization we encourage the spirit of free inquiry and welcome diverse perspectives, we affirm certain core beliefs and values that inform our educational philosophy and guide our programming and services. These include the following:
- We are committed to upholding traditional Christian teachings, values and principles and believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and the authoritative guide for all matters of faith and life. We believe in the centrality of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, his message of love, forgiveness, reconciliation and justice, and his atoning sacrifice for our salvation.
- In all our work, we seek to fulfill the mandates that Jesus gave us in both the Great Commandment and the Great Commission, and believe that the best way to restore God's shalom in the world is by practicing the radical and transformative love that Jesus demonstrated in all his teachings, relationships and actions.
- We seek to obey the Biblical command “to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God" (Micah 6:8), and believe that we will ultimately be judged both as individuals and as a society on how well we treat the poor, marginalized and oppressed - "the least of these brothers and sisters of mine" (Matthew 25:31-46).
- We believe that Jesus' teaching about "Salt & Light" (Matthew 5:13-16) is a mandate for Christian global engagement and the transformation of society through both word and deed.
- We believe that Christian ministry should not only treat the symptoms of global problems through charity and humanitarian service but also address the underlying systemic and structural causes of those problems by promoting social and economic justice.
- We believe strongly in the ethic of environmental stewardship and God's mandate for care of His creation, and are advocates for economic development that is ecologically sustainable and just.
- Recognizing that religions and cultures are tightly interwoven, we believe that one of the primary goals of international education should be to cultivate an understanding of the complex relationship between faith and international political, economic and social affairs.
- We believe that religion should play a prominent role in public affairs but also strongly support the principles of religious freedom and the separation of church and state.
- As ambassadors of Christ, we believe that Christian witness and outreach should be loving, respectful and responsible at all times and in all cultural contexts.
- We believe strongly in the value and benefits of both ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue and actively seek mutual understanding and cooperation with people from other faith backgrounds.
- In a world characterized by growing divisiveness, polarization, and extreme ideologies, we advocate for the restoration of civility, moderation, and compromise in addressing critical problems at home and abroad.
- We believe that there is great wisdom and strength in being small, simple and humble, and recognize that God often uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things in his service at home and around the world.
- We believe that Christ-like servant-leadership is not only desirable from a theological standpoint but because it has proven to be the most effective leadership model for individual, organizational and societal transformation
"Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness."
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat."