Using the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church as our guide, the Church and Society Work Area at Monona UMC strives to examine contemporary ethical and social justice issues and to respond to those issues from the perspective of our Christian faith. We have concentrated the focus of our work in four areas: creation justice, racial justice, immigration justice, and criminal justice reform.
The purpose of the Church and Society committee is to advance social justice and to educate and inform our congregation and our community about justice issues in our society through events and activities, such as, special worship services, book and film discussions, and issues forums. Our goals include consciousness raising, education, and political advocacy.
ANTI-RACIST ACTIONS: EDUCATE, DONATE, AFFILIATE
As we wrap up our eight-week series of deep conversations about dismantling racism, we are seeking ways we can work together to build Beloved Community. How do we lean into allyship?
Nehemiah, Madison's Center for Urban Leadership Development, suggests that would-be allies:
1. Educate themselves about racial injustice
2. Donate funds supporting racial justice initiatives led by People of Color
3. Affiliate in meaningful partnerships with others who are working to eradicate racial injustice
Educate - If you weren't able to participate in our Thursday night discussions, you can find the video links and resource links in the pdf at the bottom of the page. Here are a few suggested resources:
• Bishop Hee-Soo Jung's Bible Study "Together In Christ," https://www.wisconsinumc.org/files/websites/www/together+in+christ+lenten+study.pdf
• Be intentional about diversifying the authors you read
• Listen to the Black Like Me podcast hosted by Rev. Dr. Alex Gee (named Wisconsin's Favorite Podcast for 2020 by the Wisconsin Podcast Association)
• Watch Bryan Stevenson's presentation "The Power of Proximity" on YouTube
Donate - Contribute funding to organizations led by People of Color working to address the disparities in our community. A few suggestions to look into:
• Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development
• Urban League of Greater Madison
• Boys & Girls Club of Dane County
Affiliate - Get into proximity with others working toward racial justice and, as Bishop Jung mentions in the Bible Study, "expand your circle." Here are a few local organizations with opportunities for volunteers:
• Bridge Lake Point Waunona Neighborhood Center
• East Madison Community Center
• Urban League of Greater Madison - Schools of Hope Tutoring Program