The Christian faith affirms that every human being is made in the image of God, having an innate dignity that affects how they should be treated.
In their daily work, the organisations and parishes of the church defend the fundamental dignity of humanity. This is especially evident in the various forms taken by diaconal work. Indeed, diaconal work is by its very nature human rights work. It steps in to support those in the greatest need, and it seeks to influence decision making about the issues affecting society.
The focus of the Ecumenical Week of Responsibility (Finnish Churches for Justice and Peace) is on international human rights. Among other issues, the week has highlighted the challenges faced by refugees. In recent years both the week and the ongoing international rights work of the church have sought to combat human trafficking. The coercion of human beings for profit is a sin against human dignity.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland seeks to apply these principles as the foundation of its approach to issues of justice.