The Church and Society Committee, which formed November 2021, focuses on education, action and advocacy with decision-makers to eliminate the injustices experienced by marginalized people. The committee was approved by the administrative board in October. The group’s first target is advocating for public transportation options in Livingston County for people to get to work over the weekend.
If you have questions or are interested in joining the group to learn more about justice and advocacy issues within the church and community please reach out to the church office or contact Randie Clawson.
Our local Church & Society Committee takes it name from the “big church” version, the General Board of Church and Society, which is dedicated to the work of living faith, seeking justice, and pursuing peace. Learn more about the General Board of Church & Society’s work at https://www.umcjustice.org/
Project titles come from the headings of the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church. As the Committee’s work grows it may include more projects. For now, these are the main two areas of justice-seeking work: the Economic Community and the Social Community.
This work group currently focuses on issues of transit equity and justice issues around poverty.
Pam Kummer and Anne Sparling
The Social Community Project encompasses a wide range of civil and human rights as described in the United Methodist Social Principles. The group’s current work focuses on racism and anti-bias education, personally and corporately as a church and community. Additionally the group is exploring justice issues around human sexuality and the LGBTQ+ community.
Suzanne Everett and Barbara Niess May
May 24, 7 pm – Informational Meeting (Brighton Campus)
Local June Pride Events
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Role of Church & Society (at First UMC) pdf
Michigan Conference Justice & Advocacy
Wednesday Witness is a virtual training offered by the General Board of Church & Society. Please register to obtain the Zoom link. Learn more and register
Part One: Formulating Your Story to Create Change
Part Two: Advocate Through Calling
Part Three: Advocate Through Visiting
Part Four: Advocate Through Public Witness
Watch all recordings in the Youtube playlist below