Church & Society

The Church's Book of Discipline explains that "The United Methodist Church believes God's love for the world is an active and engaged love, a love seeking justice and liberty.  We cannot just be observers.  So we care enough about people's lives to risk interpreting God's love, to take a stand, and to call each of us into a response, no matter how controversial or complex.  The church helps us think and act out of a faith perspective, knowing that Christ calls us to live out our faith in the world."

The United Methodist Church believes God’s love for the world is an active and engaged love, a love seeking justice and liberty.  We cannot just be observers.  So we care enough about people’s lives to risk interpreting God’s love, to take a stand, and to call each of us into a response, no matter how controversial or complex.  The church helps us think and act out of a faith perspective, knowing that Christ calls us to live out our faith in the world.

The Church and Society team's mission is to help raise awareness, to present opportunities, and to assist efforts when our faith and compassion demand we take a stand.

So when St. Mathias was prevented from sheltering the homeless the Church and Society team chaired a Church meeting to ask how we should respond.  The congregation stepped forward and has been advocating for and supporting efforts to shelter our homeless brothers and sisters ever since.  That support has become a way of life for the Church and part of who we are as a caring people.

On an ongoing basis we present opportunities to the congregation - and if an opportunity resonates with your soul, has a special place in your heart, or just peaks your interest, please let us know...then, the 'what's next' discussion can begin.  Contact the church office at 262-542-4256 or email sue.washic@fumcwaukesha.org.  

For example, one 'what next' discussion occurred after presentations on prison ministries - the passion was there but the creation and administration of a dedicated ministry within the Church seemed overwhelming.  Since St. Vincent De Paul already navigated the bureaucracy and had a multifaceted program in place we contacted them and now members of our congregation minister through the St. Vincent De Paul program.

General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church
There is much to be healed in the world and your local Church and Society team only presents some of the many need and issues.  To explore all the social advocacy issues and concerns raised by the United Methodist Church please visit the General Board's website at:  https://umc-gbcs.org/

Thank you

As we live our faith in society we sometimes minister in unexpected places and in unexpected ways...and we make the world a better place.  The Church and Society team is honored to be part of this caring community - a big thanks to everyone.

Our local Church Society team works closely with SOPHIA, an interfaith organization that brings people together to support efforts to improve the Waukesha community.  The goal is to bring about effective change, especially in areas around social injustices.  Visit www.sophiawaukesha.org for more information on current initiatives.

Opportunity of the Month

March  The lengthening of days encourage and energize us - both the liturgical and natural seasons remind us of upcoming rebirth.  So while March is a month it is also a verb, and action - it is a great time to step forward in Faith and act.

Thursday, March 16 7:00 pm - SOPHIA Presents a Workshop on How to Become a Sanctuary Church.  United Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 506 N Washington St, Waukesha.  Details at http://www.sophiawaukesha.org/become-a-sanctuary-church.

Thursday, March 30 - Wisdom's Madison Action Day - a unique opportunity to meet with our representatives in the state legislature to let them know our concerns and priorities.  Speaking isn't necessary, you will go in groups to present issues and volunteer speakers are designated - simply standing in support and witness is a powerful statement.  Don't want to drive?  SOPHIA has a bus leaving Goerkes Corners at 7:00 am and returning from Madison at 4:00 pm.  (For planning purposes bus registration is requested by March 13)  For details see http://www.sophiawaukesha.org/announcements/timetoregisterformadisonactionday or contact John or Audrey Hebert.

Saturday, April 1, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm at FUMC.  Rally-Prayer-Vigil.  "United Methodists are called to love our neighbors by welcoming all people, including refugees and immigrants, into our congregations and communities.  Immigration policies recently developed and implemented in our nation are antithetical to the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and the gospel of radical hospitality."  For background see http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/welcoming-the-migrant-to-the-us it reminds us of our Christian heritage and the reason we need to be welcoming.

Information from the General Board of Church and Society on mental health issues is available at https://umc-gbcs.org/issues/mental-health.  There are links at the bottom of that page to various Church resolutions relating to mental health.

General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church

There is much to be healed in the world and your local Church and Society team only presents some of the many needs and issues.  To explore all the social advocacy issues and concerns raised by the United Methodist Church please visit the General Board's website at:  https://umc-gbcs.org.

Thank you

As we live our faith in society we sometimes minister in unexpected places and in unexpected ways...and we make the world a better place.  The Church and Society Team is honored to be part of this caring community - a big thanks to everyone.

We are blessed by the Carpenter Family's passion for Fair Trade.   Available products are from the Equal Exchange - the world's largest worker-owned coffee roaster.  Profits from these sales are donated to local non-profits in support and appreciation of their services to our community.

We are blessed by the Carpenter Family's passion for Fair Trade.   Available products are from the Equal Exchange - the world's largest worker-owned coffee roaster.  Profits from these sales are donated to local non-profits in support and appreciation of their services to our community.