I Pledge Allegiance to the World…

The vows below were taken from Thomas G. Pettepiece’s “Shakertown Pledge” in Visions of a World Hungry:

Recognizing that the earth and the fullness thereof is a gift from our gracious God, and that we are called to cherish, nurture, and provide loving stewardship for the earth’s resources; and recognizing that life itself is a gift, and a call to responsibility, joy, and celebration, I make the following declarations:

  1.  I declare myself to be a world citizen.
  2. I commit myself to lead an ecologically sound life.
  3. I commit myself to lead a life of creative simplicity and to share my personal wealth with the world’s poor.
  4. I commit myself to join with others in reshaping institutions in order to bring about a more just global society in which each person has full access to the needed resources for their physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual growth.
  5. I commit myself to occupational accountability, and in so doing I will seek to avoid the creation of products which cause harm to others.
  6. I affirm the gift of my body, and commit myself to its proper nourishment and physical well-being.
  7. I commit myself to examine continually my relations with others, and to attempt to relate honestly, morally, and lovingly to those around me.
  8. I commit myself to personal renewal through prayer, meditation and study.
  9. I commit myself to responsible participation in a community of faith.

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