Learn to do good. Seek justice: help the oppressed;
defend the orphan; plead for the widow.
Isaiah 1:17 CEB
Justice Ministry is a ministry of First Church.
Raising awareness, educating, sharing resources
and information, and actively addressing core issues
of injustice and inequality in our community and beyond.
Read our updates and discussions on a variety of social justice issues
Since its founding, the United Methodist Church has spoken to the issues of the day as an expression of the Wesleyan commitment to social holiness. The 2020 revised Social Principles continues this tradition. The Social Principles are not church law. Instead, they represent the prayerful and earnest efforts of the General Conference to speak to issues in the contemporary world from a sound biblical and theological foundation that is in keeping with the best of our United Methodist traditions. Click the image to read the Social Principals 2020 document.
The 21 Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge
October 4 through November 15, 2020
The Justice Ministry Team encourages everyone to participate!
The Challenge will provide an abundance of resources just waiting to empower
you to be a more informed player in the quest for equity and justice.
The plan includes suggestions for readings, podcasts, videos, observations,
and ways to form and deepen community connections.
Resources and Details will be sent to registered participants.
Justice Team reflects on their challenge experience.
First Church is a member of Reconciling Ministries Network, which works to help UMC members and churches become intentionally inclusive especially for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender people (LGBT). Reconciling Hearts is the local ministry here at First Church for anyone who is interested in developing and nurturing a culture that is welcoming and affirming, and seeks to build a more inclusive church.
Resources, information and updates in the inclusiveness struggles within the United Methodist Church.
Justice Matters is a collaboration of 21 religious organizations that have joined together in order to research viable solutions to systemic situations that exist in the city. Members of First Church participate as Justice Network Members (JNM), who agree to work alongside clergy in building a powerful justice ministry within the congregation that promotes love, hope, promise, and abundance and extends into the life of the local community.
2020 Justice Matters Here to Hear Meetings
The first House Meetings which informed the focus for Justice Matters were held in the Fall of 2014 and continued annually.
First Church has been a member congregation since the inception and has the largest network of members of the 18 member congregations.
The mission of Justice Matters includes moving Lawrence toward a city of God where justice rolls down like a mighty river (Amos 5:24).
Join us as we listen to your stories and identify issues of injustice in our community through our Here to Hear listening process.
AND as we respond to the challenge given to us by the United Methodist Council of Bishops who stated: We ask every United Methodist to name the egregious sin of racism and join together to take a stand against the oppression and injustice that is killing persons of color.
Additional information and the process for signing up coming soon!
See full 2020 announcement here: Justice Matters HERE to HEAR
Gun Violence Prevention
The Justice Ministry team devoted a series of sessions to exploring reactions and responses to gun violence in our communities. Some of the statistics and data reviewed can be found in the Faith and Facts Card below.
As part of the focus on Gun Violence, the Justice Ministry team produced a survey that was give out to the First Church Family. 259 surveys were completed and returned to the Justice Ministry team. View the results of the Gun Violence Survey below.