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!
The Social Justice Ministry offers a variety of groups, classes and events throughout the year. Click on the link below for more information:
April Classes & Events
Study 3 Major Kings
Thurs, Apr. 8 & 15, 9:30a
This 2-week study comprises the fascinating narratives of the three major kings of the Old Testament: Saul, David and Solomon.
Starting Sunday, Apr. 11, 1p
Join our Young Adults (ages 18-40) group as we study The Animate Faith Journal. An interactive journal where participants can delve deeper and reflect on animate session content.. Learn more.
I’m Black, I’m Christian, I’m Methodist
Suns, Apr. 11-May 9, 3:30p
Studying this new book, we will learn about ten Black women and men as they explore life through the lens of compelling personal religious narratives. Learn more.
Law, Prophets & Christ: Biblical Foundations for Social Justice
Thurs, Apr. 15-29, 8p
This short-term study is on the Law/Torah, the prophets, and on the teachings and practices of Jesus to better understand what we mean when we use the term social justice as Christians. Learn more.
Upstream: Selected Essays
Sun, Apr. 18-June 6, 9:30a
Join the Harvest group as we study these essays by Mary Oliver where she looses herself within the beauty and mysteries of both the natural world and the work of literature. Learn more.
May Classes & Events
How Do We Serve? Non-Toxic Charity
Sat, May 1
Our Spring Faith In Action Day will be dedicated to learning about and dismantling toxic charity models. Participants will have the opportunity to learn, connect, and brainstorm around community-responsive missional work. Learn more.
Wed, May 12, 7p
Join us May 12 at 7p for an opportunity to connect and debrief about the Feb. 28 Manchester United Methodist Church Leadership Board vote on facility usage for same-sex weddings. Learn more.
Sci-Fi Book Club
Wed, May 19-June 23, 7:30p
Join Pastor Andy Bryan and this new Sci-Fi Book Club as we read and discuss the book, Parable of the Sower by author, Octavia Butler. Learn more.
August Classes & Events
Connecting with the Community
Sat, Aug. 7
Join us as we focus on highlighting and supporting the work of our community partners. This day will include community and facility tours, community listening panels, and short-term service opportunities, such as prepping education kits. Learn more.
October 22 – 24 – Walk Justly Conference
Fri, Oct. 22 – Sun, Oct. 24
Join us as we host Methodists from across the country in this two day conference dedicated to the topic of “Just Missions.” This conference will include expert panels, workshops, service opportunities, fellowship events, planning sessions and more. Learn more.
Family Support Group
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:
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.
Learn about our resources
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
- United Methodist Women Resources
- Advocacy/Social Justice Group Resource List
- LGBTQIA + Resources
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The Social Justice Ministry hosted the following events that were open to the public:
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
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