Our love of God is always linked with love of our neighbor [and] a passion for justice and renewal in the life of the world.
Book of Discipline 2012, p. 51
Social Justice is one of the founding principles of the United Methodist Church. Our baptism vows ask us to “resist evil, injustice and oppression.” That is what Social Justice tries to do.
First Church honors that vow through our Social Justice activities
- We provide educational programs to help us better understand the issues in our world today.
- We sponsor Bible studies that help us understand the biblical basis for equality and justice.
- We sponsor a book club that frequently used social justice-themed books. We have also screened movies as well. Some of these are Sunday school classes. Some are at other times and are open to the public.
- We also organize and support activities where we can actively affect change and make our world a little more just and fair. We support each other in these activist initiatives.
In recent years , First Church has been focused on racism, LGBTQ rights and immigration reform. There is more to be done.
For more information on the UMC website, click on Advocating for Justice