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:
October Classes & Events
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.
Transgender Q & A
Wed, Oct. 27, 7p
Join us for an informative question and answer session with Stephanie Thurmer. What you always wanted to know about transgender persons but were afraid to ask. 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 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.
November Classes & Events
Mondays thru Nov. 22, 6:30p
Each week this group will read the top 3 or 4 news stories as reported by the Associated Press and discuss them together. In our conversations, we will make theological, Biblical, and spiritual connections to the events of the day. Learn more.
Doing Theology Together
Weds, Nov. 3-Dec. 8, 4:30p
Join Pastors Andy and Winter as they explore essays and concepts from theologians and biblical scholars using postmodern methods. Learn more.
Suns, Nov. 7-Dec. 12, 3p
Using Robin Diangelo’s book, White Fragility: Why it’s hard for white people to talk about racism, we will examine some of the complicated feelings white folks can run into when talking about race. 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:
What’s Up with Monuments & Signs?
Sun, Sept. 19, 7p
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, 7p
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
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