All We Can has always been inspired by Christian principles with its roots in the British Methodist Church.
1. The value, dignity and equality of every human being as created and intended by God.
In response, All We Can seeks to help people – of all faiths and none – to fulfil their potential, live with respect, and have the opportunity to flourish.
“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
Jesus, in the Gospel of John, 10:10b
2. God’s longing for a world in which justice and peace are established and creation is cared for.
All We Can seeks to be prophetic and courageous in challenging injustice and inequality, and sustainable in how we operate.
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly: defend the rights of the poor and needy.”
The Book of Proverbs, 31:8-9
3. Jesus’ commandment to “love your neighbour”.
All We Can seeks to help individuals, groups and churches to respond effectively to the needs of their neighbours in poor communities around the world through supporting practical relief and development initiatives, as well as praying and speaking out.
“What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill’, and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.”
The Epistle of James, 2:14-17
4. The many exhortations in the Bible to defend the rights of the poor and needy and give unconditionally to the vulnerable, and the example of Jesus who reached out to those on the edges of society.
All We Can seeks to give priority, hope and inclusion to some of the world’s poorest, neediest and most marginalised people.
“Go not only to those who need you, but those who need you most.”
5. The calling of the church to serve the world.
All We Can’s Methodist links mean we have a particular role in supporting and mobilising churches and Christian partner organisations, especially Methodist-related ones, to increase their effectiveness and impact in serving their local communities and tackling poverty and marginalisation.
“Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.”
Paul’s letter to the Philippians, 2:4
6. The responsibility of Christians to work humbly with others for the common good.
All We Can seeks to work together with people of all faiths and none who share its values and vision to tackle poverty, inequality and injustice.
“I ask not about your doctrines; if your heart is right with my heart, then give me your hand.”
These six Christian principles (among others) inspired and informed All We Can’s foundation and its vision, mission, values and priorities, and continue to do so.
All We Can does not ask that its partner organisations or all staff necessarily have a Christian faith or basis, but it does ask that they accept the way in which All We Can responds to these Christian principles, and can commit to the non-sectarian values which derive from them.