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Moral and Social Issues Council (MASIC)

The Moral and Social Issues (Ethics) Council (MASIC) helps The Salvation Army to think about significant moral, religious and social issues.

Positional Statements

The Salvation Army has local and international Positional Statements that state the organisation's view on some moral and social issues.

> read Positional Statements published by The Salvation Army New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga Territory

> read International Positional Statements published by The Salvation Army International Headquarters in London for the worldwide Salvation Army

Articles on ethical issues

The Salvation Army champions issues of justice and mercy. Our faith provides a solid foundation for life that helps us respond to moral and ethical issues.

> visit this area to read these articles

  • Talk Sheets

    Talk sheets prepared by MASIC on a wide variety of challenging and important topics

  • a pregnant woman and supportive husband


    Abortion is a subject that provokes strong views. What is an appropriate Salvationist response?

  • Bottle dripping liquid


    The Salvation Army’s abstinence stance has often put it at odds with mainstream society, perhaps now more than ever as drinking alcohol has become such a dominant cultural practice.

  • Test tubes in a lab

    Biological ethics

    The Salvation Army's response to pre-natal diagnosis, the use of gametes and embryos for research and the whole concept of eugenics.

  • a girl looking sad


    One in six New Zealanders are likely to experience depression during their life. It's important to know how to manage our own depression and how to support friends or family through depression.

  • Chemical bottles

    Euthanasia & Assisted Suicide

    Resources provided to give Salvationists and friends an informed view around the matter of euthanasia.

  • Gambling chips


    Many people view gambling as a form of entertainment, but it can result in significant harm for many. The Salvation Army's mission is to provide a holistic approach which empowers people with gambling and related problems to make positive choices.

  • Definition of integrity

    Power in the church

    How should we relate to one another within church communities? Those who follow Jesus Christ need to both understand and be aware of power dynamics in all their relationships.

  • Rainbow hearts


    The Salvation Army's response to sex, sexuality and prostitution, which are complex and often misunderstood issues, invoking a strong array of emotions.

  • Suicide bereavement

    It can be hard to know what to say or do when a friend has lost a loved one to suicide. This Talk Sheet is intended to help individuals and church communities offer pastoral support.

Contact us

Major Ian Gainsford
Moral and Social Issues (Ethics) Council
Phone: +64 9 639 1117
Email: Ian Gainsford