The choices made in this decade will shape the years to come. They will determine how badly we damage the world’s climate, poison each other’s land and rivers, and trap each other in a broken system – and therefore whether we continue to make poverty worse for many generations. Restorative revolution is an invitation to churches to make a better way forward together.
Why do we need a restorative revolution?
We can see evidence of brokenness all around us – in violent conflict and division, soaring costs of living, and the climate crisis. Our current economic system is broken. It is marked by extreme wealth and exclusive power, built partly on the legacy of slavery and colonialism.
But this brokenness is not God’s plan. We believe that global change is not just needed, it is also possible. We can be part of God’s ongoing restoration story for the whole of creation.
God calls us to align with his heart for justice. We do this by being salt in society, acting locally to obey Jesus’ commandment to love others as we love ourselves. And being light, a city on the hill and a powerful witness, caring for the whole of creation. This is an invitation to the church, as a powerful agent for change in the world, to choose to take its place in a restorative revolution.
‘Revolution’ means to create wide-reaching change in favour of a new system. In this, we seek to follow Jesus, who revealed injustice and challenged excessive power. He is our model for a revolution that restores broken systems. The church has been part of movements like this before, such as the anti-slavery movement and civil rights movements. And we believe it can be the beating heart of a movement like this again.