The United Methodist Social Creed Ministry is “where faith hits the road”. Following the United Methodist tradition, we apply Scripture, Tradition, Experience and Reason to challenge ourselves to think clearly and logically bout our role in local communities and the world at large. We use the United Methodist Church Social Principles and Social Creed as our guide to raise awareness of issues and provide opportunities to examine our relationship with each other, the physical earth and to take appropriate and sustainable action.
The United Methodist Church’s Social Principles help us examine our relationships with each other through individual and group study, dialogue, reflection and prayer. A primary principle is the gospel understanding that all persons are important- because they are human beings created and loved by God (Social Principles- “Nurturing Community”). The United Methodist Church has a long history of building relationship through Social Justice Connections. Some examples include:
- Volunteering with and making financial contributions to church and community organizations
- Hosting the Sunday morning Faithlink Discussion Group that explores faith response to current issues and events
- Participating in the Bread for the World Offering of Letters and International Peace Day
- Donating time and money to our local Operation Bootstrap, Holiday Baskets, Project Fresh Clothes, and the annual Martin Luther King Community Recognition
The Physical Earth
All creation is the Lord’s, and we are responsible for the ways in which we use and abuse it. God has granted us stewardship of creation. We practice meeting these stewardship duties through acts of loving care and respect. Some examples of environmental justice practices that The United Methodist Church has initiated:
- St. Paul’s Prairie
- Use of Fair Trade Coffee for church hospitality and events
- Offering of Fair Trade coffee and chocolate for reasonable donation to members and the community
- Recycling and recycling education
- Use of local foods for church dinners
- Earth Day recognition and celebration
- Highway Clean Up — A stretch of Hwy 10 East is cleaned each year in the spring and in the fall
To find out more or to work with a group of Christians willing to dig into complex issues confronting us, society and the world today, contact Social Creed Ministry Chair Kay Witt through the church office at 715-344-3557.