Social Advocacy -
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 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 the Church and Society team know (contact the church office at 262-542-4256 or email firstname.lastname@example.org)...then, the 'what next' discussion can begin.
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: http://www.umcjustice.org/.
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.
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. Please click here for current opportunities and resources.