We are faithful participants in the mission of the church, which is to partner with God to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We not only engage in our area of ministry, but also work to empower others to be in ministry as well. We want to listen to God’s calling so that we may discern the greatest needs of our church, neighborhood, and greater community.
The Social Justice Team consists of several action teams which advocate for the gospel of Jesus Christ in the church and society. These teams work to invite members of the congregation to engage in areas of social concern, in accordance with the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church. They also strive to develop resources to inform, motivate, and train members on issues related to peace and justice.
We want to help educate our church community to the reality of minorities in America and provide an empathetic understanding of what racial inequities exist and how we can, as a community, actively work to dismantle those racial inequities and open our eyes to the suffering of others.
Our community is hurting. We see many of our Black and Brown neighbors crying out for justice and equity. But for many of us, we do not have a complete understanding of systemic racism or the injustices faced by our brothers and sisters of different ethnicities. Many of our community members have a heart to serve and a desire for understanding and now we want to form a coalition to take action. We first will seek to learn and understand through connecting with diverse communities and sharing our experiences and we will focus not on solutions but learning and understanding. Through that we will find our place to serve in this massive cause for justice in our community and world. If being a leader in racial justice is something that pulls at your heart, please fill out this form.
In February 2020, SHUMC voted to become a Reconciling Congregation, part of the Reconciling Ministries Network. Reconciling Ministries Network equips and mobilizes United Methodists of all sexual orientations and gender identities to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.