(Operational, Policy and Organizational)
AFFIRMATION OF OUR COMMITMENT TO RESPONSIBLE INVESTING
WHEREAS, our biblical, theological and historical heritage calls us to responsibility in all areas of our lives, including the management of money; and
WHEREAS, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada calls for ministries of the church to engage in a theology of justice, kindness and walking humbly with our God; and
WHEREAS, the Christian Church Foundation, Disciples Church Extension Fund and the Pension Fund of the Christian Church are stewards with a fiduciary and covenantal responsibility to manage resources responsibly; and
WHEREAS, responsible investing1 is a critical tool in furthering the transformational ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ);
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, July 8-12, 2017, affirms its shared accountability in addressing social and environmental issues; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the financial ministries reaffirm our commitment to be engaged with the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR 2), an association of faith-based and values-driven institutional investors dedicated to direct engagement with corporations to effect positive change; and
FINALLY, BE IT RESOLVED that the financial ministries will provide an educational program for the 2019 General Assembly addressing our responsible investing policies and practices in support of the church’s total mission.
Christian Church Foundation Board of Directors
Disciples Church Extension Fund Board of Directors
Pension Fund of the Christian Church Board of Directors
1 Responsible investing is an investment strategy which considers both financial return and the values of the church.
2ICCR (www.iccr.org) was founded in 1971 and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) was a founding member. ICCR is not an investment manager or advisor, but rather a coalition of 275 faith-based institutional investors. By partnering with other faith-based investors we gain a broader and deeper source of information about corporate and societal issues, and can achieve greater impact.
The General Board recommends that the General Assembly ADOPT GA-1720. (Discussion time: 12 minutes)