For everyone born, a place at the table

For everyone born, a place at the table. Shirley Erena Murray* (1931-2020). This was written in 1996 from Murray’s involvement in the work of Amnesty International, and the liberal theology of her husband, John Stewart Murray*, in his church at Wellington, New Zealand. It has its origins in the ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ of the United Nations (December 1948), which stated that ‘All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights’, and that ‘Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person’. The author has, in her own words, used some of the very basic ideas of the Declaration: The right to shelter, safety, food, and later [verse 5] the right to a job,...

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