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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.

Advocacy for Social Justice

Join us in February for a church-wide Sunday school series focusing on advocacy for social justice.  Justice is a topic which occurs throughout the Old and New Testaments, and informed John Wesley’s ministry and Methodism.   The class will discuss both and learn how doing effective social justice advocacy can be a feature of discipleship in current times.

February 3: Biblical Justice and Righteousness – Guest speaker Rev. Steve Hinkle, UMC Minister
Justice and righteousness are two topics that occur throughout the Old and New  Testaments. We will discuss how both inform our advocacy for social justice in our present day.

February 10: John Wesley’s personal and social piety – Guest speaker Dr. Edgardo Colon-Emeric, Duke Divinity School
John Wesley was in ministry to the poor and lower classes of the 18th Century. He was aware of structural injustices of English society, and was an advocate for those in need. We will discuss his ministry and how it has influenced Methodism in the United States.

February 17: Advocacy at church as Christian discipleship – Brian Heymans, Board of Church and Society
Church members often believe that advocating for social justice is political in a way that interferes with or is contrary to Christian religious practice. We will discuss how advocacy for social justice can be a feature of Christian discipleship.

February 24: Advocacy exercises – phone calls, letter writing, and emailing – Brian Heymans and Joe Burton
Contacting civic and governmental leadership about a particular justice issue can seem difficult and time consuming. There is also the feeling that it will not make a difference. We will talk about both and learn how to make effective messages, both written and verbal.

Welcoming the Stranger

The UMC’s General Board for Church and Society recently released a statement opposing the sending of U.S. military troops to the border. Click here to learn more.

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.

Join us February 19 at 7 PM to learn about bail bonding from guest speaker David Bland. As a special assistant to the Governor of Kentucky, David Bland directed the
reorganization of the Executive Branch of Kentucky state government and led a successful campaign to end bail bonding in Kentucky. He will talk about that campaign, and discuss bail bonding in North Carolina and how it could be changed. David is retired but continues to work on issues around social justice and moral responsibility. He is on the Board of Directors of Rev. Barber’s “Repairers of the Breach”. David is a native of North Carolina and holds degrees from Wake Forest and NC State Universities and Southeastern Theological Seminary.