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Advocate

United Methodists are called to love their neighbors by seeking peace and justice for all. As a denomination and as individuals, we seek to discern how to faithfully do that in a broken, beloved world.

Take Action:

  1. Write members of congress regarding  Police Reform.

A sample letter is at the GBCS website. It begins with the following :

I am one of your constituents and I am a United Methodist. As a person of faith, I believe that Black lives matter.  The current system of policing, arrests, trials, and incarceration in the United States is a living legacy of white supremacy and racism which dehumanizes Black people. It allows police officers, white terrorists, and others to kill Black people with impunity. This system is far from God’s vision of justice and the United States’ constitutional claim of equal protection under the law.

  1. Urge Senators Burr and Tillis to support the Heroes Act (H.R. 6800). It has passed the House and is on the Senate calendar.  The GBSC website has the following regarding the pandemic:

This pandemic, like many so-called natural disasters, has laid bare the pre-existing injustices upon which our social, economic, and political structures have been built. Both the impacts of and responses to this public health crisis are deeply intertwined with the human-created systems of racism, xenophobia, ableism, and economic exploitation.

Faithful advocacy – both for short-term relief measures and long-term rebuilding efforts– must remain firmly centered around the experience and voices of frontline communities too often forced to the margins.

Among many other things the Act would provide direct payments of up to $1200 per individual, expand sick days – family and medical leave, award grants for employers to provide premium pay for essential workers, and expands the moratorium on certain evictions and foreclosures.

  1. Creation Care action: food scraps can be composted at the church Garden.   Food waste in landfills are a source of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that increases global warming
  2. Drawdown Workshops from Pachamama (2.5 hour sessions on 4 Saturdays in October).

Join Our Micah 6:8 Team

Micah 6:8 Team addresses social justice issues through study, education, advocacy and action.  Contact Joe Burton for information.

“What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Third Tuesdays Social Justice Forum

This forum is a monthly series exploring social justice issues, meeting at 7 PM in the Conference Room on the third Tuesday of every month or via Zoom during pandemic restrictions.