Social justice

In his Letter from Birmingham Jail on April 16, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” As Christians, we are called to work for social justice.

As a faith community, we can help change the systems that either exacerbate or perpetuate the needs associated with the compassion we give by taking action. Delaware native Bryan Stevenson, author of the book Just Mercy, says that to change these systems one needs to do four things:

  • Get proximate (become directly involved with a victim or victims).
  • Change the narrative (the story that has traditionally been told to justify injustice).
  • Preserve hope (without it, nothing will change).
  • Do the uncomfortable (action, particularly Christian action, will likely be difficult).

Issue “toolboxes”

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United Methodist Church resources

The Social Justice team draws heavily upon the UMC’s General Board of Church and Society as a resource in its efforts. You can check out recent news and information related to social justice issues and the UMC’s views (click on the button). The following are some of the general issues in which those in our faith community are active and whose activities its Social Justice team supports (links take you off site):

  • Civil and Human Rights (e.g., criminal justice reform, the death penalty, global migration, immigration to the U.S., religious freedom, indigenous peoples)
  • Economic Justice (e.g., faithful finance, global hunger and poverty, hunger and poverty in the U.S., worker justice)
  • Environmental Justice (e.g., clean water, climate justice, food justice, sustainability)
  • Health and Wholeness (e.g., addictions, global health, health care in the U.S., HIV and AIDS, mental health)
  • Peace with Justice (e.g., mulitlateralism, nonproliferation and disarmament, peace-building, gun violence prevention, ongoing conflicts)
  • Women and Children (e.g., domestic violence, human trafficking, reproductive health, education)

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