Why do you call yourself an army?
The Salvation Army is not a physical army but rather a global army of people moved to humanitarian action through faith.
What does The Salvation Army do?
It is hard to list everything that The Salvation Army does since it does everything from feeding starving children and families through recovery from natural disasters, and more. They battle against poverty, addiction and homelessness. They are a kind face to comfort the sick and elderly, a wise spirit to support the education of all ages, and a giving heart to address need wherever it occurs.
What “Religion” is The Salvation Army?
Salvation Army doctrines (beliefs) closely follow the orthodox beliefs of the Protestant Church. The Salvation Army is an integral part of the worldwide Christian Church with its own distinctive governance and practice.
Is The Salvation Army a social agency?
The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and every day in 400 communities across Canada and more than 120 countries around the world. We are a group of committed Christians who are concerned to see that the gospel – the good news of Jesus Christ – reaches the needs of the whole person. The Army’s social work sprang out of such concern.
Why do you wear uniforms?
Although you do not need to wear a uniform to attend or to be a member of The Salvation Army, Many have chosen to do so as a public witness of their commitment to Christ and their commitment to His work through The Salvation Army. The uniform was introduced when military themes were common. It helped distinguish members of The Salvation Army while in public and still does today. A great thing about the uniform is it’s a really simple way to say to people without using any words, ‘Can we help?’ and also ‘Would you like to know about Jesus?’
Does The Salvation Army discriminate in its delivery of services against those of a particular race or sexual orientation?
We strive to meet the needs of vulnerable groups and those overlooked or ignored in our communities. We make no distinction based on ethnicity or sexual orientation.
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