And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family,* you did it to me.” Matthew 25.40 NRSV
As our society moves forward into this new and challenging century, more and more people are becoming aware of the increasing needs of our least fortunate brothers and sisters. Joblessness, poverty, institutionalization, dependency, weak family bonds, and an ever-increasing income gap are only a few of the problems we will have to come together to help effect change. Chipping away in isolation is rarely as effective as many Christians chopping away together.
At FUMC, we have an advocacy team in our Church and Society Committee. They work together with Sophia http://www.sophiawaukesha.org/about to identify specific projects that can draw us all together in faith and action. Some of their recent efforts have included community conversations on racism and intolerance, Madison Action Day (with Sophia), film screening of Inequality for All, and working on behalf of the Warming Center (see Missions/Hebron House). They also sponsor the Fair Trade Coffee Project whereby church members are given opportunities to purchase coffee, tea, chocolate all at a fair trade price.