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The Social Creed of the Churches

Adopted by the Federal Council of Churches on December 4, 1908

We deem it the duty of all Christian people to concern themselves directly with certain practical industrial problems.

To us it seems that the Churches must stand:

For equal rights and complete justice for all men in all stations of life.

For the right of all men to the opportunity for self-maintenance, a right ever to be wisely and strongly safe-guarded against encroachments of every kind.

For the right of workers to some protection against the hardships often resulting from the swift crisis of industrial change.

For the principle of conciliation and arbitration in industrial dissensions.

For the protection of the worker from dangerous machinery, occupational disease, injuries and mortality.

For the abolition of child labor.

For such regulation of the conditions of toil for women as shall safeguard the physical and moralhealth of the community.

For the suppression of the “sweating system”

For the gradual and reasonable reduction of the hours of labor to the lowest practical point, and for that degree of leisure for all which is a condition of the highest human life.

For a release from employment one day in seven.

For a living wage as a minimum in every industry, and for the highest wage that each industry can afford.

For the most equitable division of the products of industry that can ultimately be devised.

For suitable provision for the old age of the workers and for those incapacitated by injury.

For the abatement of poverty.

To the toilers of America and to those who by organized effort are seeking to lift the
crushing burdens of the poor, and to reduce the hardships and uphold the dignity of labor,
this council sends the greeting of human brotherhood and the pledge of sympathy and of
help in a cause which belongs to all who follow Christ.