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 Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge
It's never too late to learn!
The Justice Ministry Team encourages everyone to participate!
The Challenge provides an abundance of resources
just waiting to empower you to be a more informed
player in the quest for equity and justice.
Includes suggestions for readings, podcasts, videos, observations,
and ways to form and deepen community connections.
Lawrence Tour of Injustice (Virtual Event)
See details in Justice Matters section below.
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR DAY
The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 18, 2021, is the 26th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy. Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.
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.
LAWRENCE TOUR OF INJUSTICE (Virtual Event)
Monday, January 18, 2-3:30 PM
Learn about the most pressing justice issues facing
our community today and learn how you can take action.
Click the heading for the schedule and registration link
More information can also be found
on Justice Matters' Facebook page at facebook.com/justicemattersinkansas
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.