Social Justice

Social Justice

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.

Our faith calls each one of us into action.  Click the link on the following categories to learn more and how to get involved!

Learning Opportunities

The Social Justice Ministry offers a variety of groups, classes and events throughout the year. Click on the link below for more information:

February Classes & Events
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Life, Death & Disney
Suns, Feb. 6-27, 9a

Focus on how four different Disney movies deal with death (and with life), and what Biblical connections are made. Learn more.

Holy Ghost Haunts

How the Holy Ghost Haunts
Mons, Feb. 7-28, 6:15p

This class will take a look at the genealogy of Jesus found in Matthew 1, and the way it corresponds to four women who were sexually compromised in the Old Testament. This class is for anyone seeking the good news of God in a feminist, decolonizing, liberative, and redemptive way. Learn more.

Alpha Class

The Ten Commandments
Sundays thru Apr. 10, 9:30a

The Alpha Class will reflect on how the teachings of Jesus and Christian practices relate to contemporary life and issues. All are welcome! Learn more.

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Life, Death & Disney
Weds, Feb. 9-Mar. 2, 4:45p

Focus on how four different Disney movies deal with death (and with life), and what Biblical connections are made. Learn more.

April Classes & Events
Caste 43

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent
Thurs, Apr. 28-June 23, 7p
Toxic effects of caste systems; caste as the arbitrary construction of human divisions; comparative history of caste in America, India and Nazi Germany; the principles of caste; the tentacles of caste; consequences of caste systems; backlash against change; awakening and change; imagining a world without caste.  Learn more.

On-Going Groups

Family Support Group
Monthly Meetings
If you’re the parent, grandparent or guardian of an LGBTQ+ person(s) and would like to be part of a network of families that supports them in a kind, loving manner, this group is for you. We will share information and experiences. Learn more.


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:

Hate Has No Home Here

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.

Pride Flag

Rainbow Stoles
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.



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.

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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.

Photo of a man in a crowd looking depressed.

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

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