The Salvation Army's Position on Human Relations
From its inception The Salvation Army has been concerned with the spiritual and social needs of all peoples. Its services in all parts of the world have been developed in recognition of the Biblical principle that all persons are equal in intrinsic value and that all persons regardless of race or national origin bear the divine image, since "God hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth" (Acts 17:26).
The Salvation Army opposes discriminatory practices related to race or national origin at all levels of operation and administration, and seeks to promote intergroup understanding and to give full support to the imperatives of human and civil rights, not only at the levels of housing, education, and employment, but also in the areas of culture and religion, sharing that spiritual affinity which makes all men brothers.
1. All Salvation Army positions to which employees are normally assigned are open to persons of any race, color, creed, sex, age, national origin or physical
handicap, based upon bona fide occupational qualifications, with only those exceptions dictated by the religious purposes of The Salvation Army.
2. All social welfare services to individuals or families are given without regard to race, according to the capacity of the organization to serve in meeting the needs of those involved; and all services shall be equally available to clients of any race on the basis of need and capacity to benefit from the program.
3. All Salvation Army worship services are open to persons of any race, and spiritual ministrations shall be made available to all through Salvation Army personnel.
Approved by the Commissioners' Conference May 1964. Revisions approved: May 1973, May 1984.