Tag: Social Justice

Mental Health Awareness

May is national mental health awareness month. One in five adults, about 48.3 million people, will struggle with their mental health this year.  Unfortunately, churches don’t always have the best track record of addressing this mental health crisis. Our congregation was recently reminded of the importance of proper mental health education and resources. Inspired by the…
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Growing Faith

I’m about to finish a class that I’m leading where we explored ways of deepening our relationship with God. It’s insightful listening to people tell their faith stories and how they’ve grown through the years. Reflecting on the class, a couple of things have become clear if we all want to continue nurturing and growing…
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Fair Trade Market

17th Annual Fair Trade Market November 23rd & 24th The largest Fair Trade Market in the United States We are the nation’s largest Fair Trade Market with over 3,000 sq. ft. of merchandise from around the world. By choosing Fair Trade products, you get great value, and ensure equitable wages and treatment for farmers, artisans,…
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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…
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Portrait of Nicki Reinhardt-Swierk, Social Justice Coordinator

Nicki Reinhardt-Swierk

Social Justice Coordinator I serve as Manchester UMC’s Social Justice Coordinator. I received my Master of Theological Studies with a concentration in Religion, Ethics, and Politics from Harvard University. Most recently, I was the Associate Director of the Center for Social Empowerment in Ferguson, MO. I have been involved in ecumenical work and activism for over ten…
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