The Salvation Army’s first International Moral and Social Issues Council Symposium (IMASIC), themed “On Earth as it is in Heaven: Exploring Moral and Social Issues through a Kingdom Lens,” was held virtually this fall with 100 delegates from 45 territories.
During the four-day symposium, which opened with an address by General Brian Peddle, delegates considered the issues of artificial intelligence, corruption, gender, human trafficking, and nationalism. They heard from expert speakers and a response from a young Salvationist before splitting into discussion groups.
“It is clear that the Army values moral and social issues that impact our world and our denomination,” said Major Katherine Clausell, Central territorial moral and ethical issues secretary, who participated in the symposium and led a small group. “I was left with a sense of challenge to counter mission drift through the deliberate championing of theoretical thinking on issues of moral and social concern as it pertains to providing context and substance to the practice of our various ministry expressions. It is true, ‘Iron sharpens iron’ and exposure to the theory and scholarship of critical moral and social issues in our world and the international Salvation Army strengthens the people of God for greater service and impact.”