Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves;
ensure justice for those being crushed.
Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless,
and see that they get justice.
Proverbs 31:8-9 (NLT)
United Methodists have a rich history and concern for social justice. Inspired by Jesus’ ministry to the poor and marginalized, we continue the work of John Wesley, our founder, who advocated for issues such as prison reform, human rights, the end of slavery, labor justice and the humane treatment of animals.
The Social Justice Ministry of Manchester UMC works to create awareness and action that addresses the root causes of injustice in our community and beyond and then uses our influence and voices to change systems for the better.
If you would like to get involved with the Social Justice or have questions, please complete the form below or email the Director of Social Justice, Ali Fields.
Please complete one form per person:
Our faith calls each one of us into action. Click the link on the following categories to learn more and how to get involved!
The Social Justice Ministry offers a variety of groups, classes and events throughout the year. Click on the link below for more information:
Classes & Events
So You Want to Talk About Race
Weds, Sept. 14-Oct. 12, 6:30p
This class will have honest conversations about race and racism in a safe space. There will be advice in discussing race-related subjects, such as how to avoid acting defensive or getting off-topic. Learn more.
One for the Crow
Do you enjoy gardening? The One for the Crow garden really needs some weeding. Please wear work clothes, closed toes shoes, and bring your work gloves. Learn more.
NEW! Intuitive Eating Support Group
Every Monday, starting Aug. 15, 4p
This supportive group will be a safe space to navigate the principles of intuitive eating. Learn more.
LGTBQ+ Family Support Group
Any LGBTQ+ person or family member, including parent, grandparent, or guardian of an LGBTQ+ person(s) are welcome! This faith-based group provides on-going education, guest speakers, and peaceful advocacy. Learn more.
Eating Disorder / Disordered Eating Resources
Here are some resource links to learn more. Click on the link below for more information:
- Missouri Eating Disorders Association – educational information as well as local treatment resources
- Radical Self-Love for Everybody and Every Body – social justice centered eating disorder and disordered eating recovery resources
- Road to Recovered – one woman’s experience of letting go of a long-term eating disorder by healing from the inside out
- Fighting Eating Disorders in Underrepresented Populations: A Trans+ & Intersex Collective
- Committed to Size Diversity in Health and HAES® – association for size diversity and health
- Reclaiming Body Trust: A Path to Healing & Liberation by Hilary Kinavey and Dana Sturtevant (releasing in August 2022)
- The Body is Not an Apology by Sonja Renee Taylor
- 8 Keys to Recovery From an Eating Disorder by Carolyn Costin and Gwen Schubert Grabb
- Hunger by Roxane Gay
- Intuitive Eating, 4th Edition: A Revolutionary Anti-Diet Approach by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch
- How to Raise an Intuitive Eater: Raising the Next Generation with Food and Body Confidence by Sumner Brooks and Amee Severson
- Decolonizing Wellness by Dalia Kinsey
If questions or to learn how to get involved, please email the Director of Social Justice, Ali Fields.
Here are a variety of resources to learn more. Click on the link below for more information:
- Missouri Conference Social Justice News
- The Missouri Conference Bishop Farr’s Statement in Support of Women’s Equality and Full Inclusion
- The Missouri Conference Thoughts on the Council of Bishops’ Work on the Way Forward
- Missouri Religious Leaders Unite on Gun Violence
- Advocacy/Social Justice Group Resource List
- LGBTQIA + Resources
The Social Justice Ministry hosted the following events that were open to the public:
Transgender Q & A
Wed, Oct. 27, 2021
Specials guest, Stephanie Thurmer provided an informative question and answer session about begin transgender. Stephanie is a co-founding member of the Metro Transgender Umbrella Group and a transwoman who has been out for 20 years. Learn from her expertise, listen as she puts to rest many misconceptions about the transgender community, and hear emotional stories of her journey that not only affected her, but her family as well.
What’s Up with Monuments & Signs?
Sun, Sept. 19, 2021
Local scholars will discuss the role of monuments in commemorating history and communicating culture. Our discussion will include considerations of efforts to remove or replace monuments, as well as a presentation about current initiatives to update commemorative signage throughout the St. Louis area.
Conversation About Our History
Sun, Aug. 8, 2021
It’s Missouri’s birthday; however, how much do we really know about the creation of our state? Guest panelists were: Jeffrey L. Pasley, and Peter Kastor.
Race & Education
Sunday, July 11, 2021
This learning opportunity was offered in response to recent controversy in local schools around this subject.
A panel of local experts discussed timely topics, including:
- What actually is “Critical Race Theory”?
- What does diversity education look like?
- Why are we still talking about race?
Show Me Democracy
Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019
Show Me Democracy centers on seven St. Louis college students as they evolve into advocates and activists, demanding change through policy and protest. The feature-length documentary chronicles their diverse approaches to combating racism and police brutality; advocating for educational reform.
Never Leave A Veteran Behind
Sunday, May 5, 2019
A panel of veterans, mental service providers, and organizations will
discuss the mental and emotional toll of military service, and provide
suggestions for supporting veterans. While veterans are welcome, our
goal is to educate families, friends, and/or neighbors of veterans.
Mother 2 Mother
Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019
A conversation with black mothers to the white community about “The Talk” with their black sons. The mothers shared the challenges and dangers of raising black sons in today’s world.
No More Thoughts & Prayers
Learn about our current campaigns
The Social Justice Ministry offers a variety of campaigns throughout the year. Click on the link below for more information:
No Hate Signs
We are called by God to love others and to take a stand against hate and the harm it causes so many people in our communities. We do this by educating ourselves, by amplifying the voices of those who have been harmed by hate, and by using our own voices to speak out against hate. Signs are $5. Learn more.
We wear rainbows to call attention to our welcoming stance and to show solidarity with the LGBTQIA+ community. This Pride symbol is a visual sign of a commitment to justice in the areas of gender and sexuality. Learn more.
Faith Leaders Called to Action
We have spoken out in favor of the passing of HR8 which established new background check requirements for firearm transfers between private parties (i.e., unlicensed individuals).
Specifically, it prohibits a firearm transfer between private parties unless a licensed gun dealer, manufacturer, or importer first takes possession of the firearm to conduct a background check. Learn more.
If you would like to get involved with the Social Justice or have questions, please email the Director of Social Justice, Ali Fields.
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