Dove of the Desert United Methodist Church
Friday, April 12, 2024
INCREASING LOVE FOR GOD AND NEIGHBOR - GOING DEEPER - REACHING FARTHER - TRANSFORMING LIVES

 Board of Church and Society

 

We are called to make a difference in the world, and to lead our congregation to make a difference too.
 
In Acts 1:8, Jesus directed the Church to go forth, empowered by the Holy Spirit, to be Christ's witnesses in "Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." 
 
 

Mission Statement:

To promote God’s greatest commandments by advocating for social, economic and environmental justice for the transformation of the world.

 

Love is the centerpiece of our faith.  

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.  All the Laws and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. Matt 22:36-40 (NIV)    

 

Justice Concerns in our World 

          Economic Inequality                         Climate Justice

          Systematic Racism                           Criminal Justice Reform

          Immigration                                       Education

          Gun Violence                                    Affordable Health Care

          Free and Fair Elections

 

  We are called to:

          Be principled, but not ideological

          Be Clear, and also civil

          Be engaged, but not used

          Cast a hope-filled vision


From: Guidelines: Church & Society 2017-2020. Copyright © 2016 by Cokesbury. Used by permission.

 

 

Websites:
www.umcjustice.org - United Methodist General Board of Church and Society
The General Board of Church and Society is dedicated to the work of living faith, seeking justice, and pursuing peace.
 
www.arizonafaithnetwork.org - Arizona Faith Network
Arizona Faith Network is an interfaith organization dedicated to bringing people together to promote peace and understanding through interfaith education and dialogue as well as healing of the world through collaborative social action.
 
www.ucc.org/justice_issues  - United Church of Christ
Justice and Local Church Ministries of the United Church of Christ supports congregations and other setting of the church in doing justice, seeking peace, and building vibrant faith communities that are welcome to all. 
 
 
How to reach your political leaders, State and Federal (link)
 
 
Letters from the Bishop:
Take Action on Gun Violence, Aug 6, 2019 (link)        
A Plea for Action and Prayer to End Gun Violence, May 26, 2021 (link)
 
 
Videos, Presentations, Webinars & Documents on Social Issues
 
Economic Inequality: Webinars on Criminal Justice (May 6, 2021),Education (March 4, 2021) and Racism (December 1, 2021). Presented by the Economic Inequality Task Force of the Desert Southwest Conference of the UMC (link)
 
Climate Reality Project: This Video is a recorded Zoom meeting on November 2020, presented by Bill DeVincenzi on the Climate Crisis. 
 
Economic Inequality: March 10, 2021. Study group document, 'Wrestle with the Topic'. Panel discussion on economic inequality by the Economic Inequality Task Force of the Desert Southwest Conference of the UMC. (link)