Statement of Beliefs
Demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ.
Our foundational verse is 2 Corinthians 5:14 – “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all…” and so we undertake our work to demonstrate the love of Jesus. We will act in all ways in accord with the belief that God’s love and grace abound for all, and that we must be “hands and feet” of that love and grace in our world.
Promote dignity and hope.
We believe that when one is exploited and dishonored, we all suffer. We believe that every person has something to contribute and something to gain from creating communities of love and hope for those have been exploited. We believe that dignity and hope are best achieved in the context of relationship and community.
SSD/OurBE will not proselytize. Nor will SSD/OurBE work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with us. This means that SSD/OurBE will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must adhere to or convert to a particular faith or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.