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Moral and Social Issues Council (MASIC)

A road sign saying ethics

The Moral and Social Issues (Ethics) Council (MASIC) studies and formulates Salvation Army responses on significant moral, religious and social issues.  Its aim is to help The Salvation Army New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga Territory take a proactive stance in relation to such issues, and to support Salvationist decision-making in everyday life.

Positional Statements

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

> visit this area to read our Positional Statements

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

  • Bottles of ber


    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 hospital corridor with empty beds lining it


    Resources provided to give Salvationists and friends an informed view around the matter of euthanasia, recognising that media coverage of this issue can be limited.

  • Pokie machines in a casino


    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.

  • Group of hands joined together

    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.

  • male and female symbols on a blackboard

    Sexuality issues

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

Contact us

Major Garth Stevenson
Moral and Social Issues (Ethics) Council
Phone: +64 7 839 2242
Email: Garth Stevenson