Seeking Justice Individually
DISCIPLES SEEK JUSTICE
Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Our shared history includes a primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action.
Live: Our church commits to include the spiritual discipline of justice as a part of our understanding of discipleship and congregational vitality. John Wesley’s Rule of Discipleship needs to be understood and resurrected today: “(T)o witness to Jesus Christ in the world and to follow His teachings through acts of compassion, justice, worship, and devotion under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.”
Resist: Our church will regularly uplift our shared baptismal vows to encourage believers to a) repent of the sin of racism; b) resist evil, injustice, and oppression as it relates to racism; so that, c) we might be able to live into the vow to be in union with people of all ages, nations, and races.
Organize: Our church commits to directly engage with our local leaders and officials to work toward ending racism, poverty, and violence based upon the liberating Gospel of Jesus Christ, our United Methodist Social Principles, and Book of Resolutions. Specifically:
- Resolution 5031: Humanizing Criminal Justice;
- Resolution 3378: Racism and Economic Injustice Against People of Color in the US;
- Resolution 3422 Speaking Out for Compassion: Transforming the Context of Hate in the United States;
- Resolution 3371: A Charter for Racial Justice in an Interdependent Global Community;
- Resolution 3376: White Privilege in the United States.