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“Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security...”
—The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Bring healing with a wellness gift. These gifts speak to the emerging United Church understanding that interconnected social, political, and economic structures affect physical, mental, and spiritual health and wellness. This awareness is rooted in a long United Church history of advocating for public health care, extending social services, and restructuring our economy for a more just world. Additionally, the United Church understanding of wellness is informed
- by social science and medical research that connects poverty with poor health outcomes and increased health risks
- in dialogue with Indigenous teachings on interrelationships and holistic wellness
- in response to historically marginalized or oppressed communities, including Indigenous peoples, racialized peoples, women, and LGBTQ+ people, who have emphasized how wellness is related to the just distribution of resources and opportunities
In Canada, some United Church communities are establishing Wellness Teams, committees, or advocates to respond to local needs for wellness, wholeness, and healing.
Learn More and Take Action
- Explore the link between poverty and wellness in Bread Not Stones.