Social Creed of the Churches
In the early 1900s workplace conditions were dismal. Many industries were unsafe, paid less than a living wage, and required 12-hour days, 7 days a week.
In 1909, with these unjust conditions as a backdrop, Labor Sunday was launched as a day when pastors preached on the value and dignity of work. This led to a federation of churches identifying 14 areas of injustice in the workplace which became the Social Creed of the Churches.
King Solomon understood the heartache of injustice in the workplace. He wrote in Ecclesiastes 2:23, “All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This, too, is meaningless.”
In 1909, the Church carried forward the vision of a just and safe workplace, as it should today.
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