The Justice team oversees First Church’s efforts to reach out into the community and beyond to help people in need by providing services, giving donations, working for justice and sharing our love for God with those who are suffering.
Justice Ministry Team
The Justice Ministry Team meets regularly and discusses ways to lead First Church in being aware, informed, and active in addressing core issues of social justice in our community. This team supports the justice culture building work of Justice Matters, but functions as a local ministry of First Church.
First Church is a member of Reconciling Ministries Network, which works to help UMC members and churches become intentionally inclusive especially for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender people (LGBT). Reconciling Hearts is the local ministry here at First Church for anyone who is interested in developing and nurturing a culture that is welcoming and affirming, and seeks to build a more inclusive church.
Justice Matters is a collaboration of 21 religious organizations that have joined together in order to research viable solutions to systemic situations that exist in the city. Members of First Church participate as Justice Network Members (JNM), who agree to work alongside clergy in building a powerful justice ministry within the congregation that promotes love, hope, promise, and abundance and extends into the life of the local community.
Disabilities Awareness Team
The Disabilities Awareness Team promotes the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in the life of the church by removing barriers such as architecture, communication and attitudes. The team seeks to create an environment within the congregation and community that is affirming to individuals with sensory, intellectual and physical disabilities.
Gun Violence Prevention
The Justice Ministry team has devoted a series of sessions to exploring reactions and responses to gun violence in our communities. Some of the statistics and data we have reviewed can be found here: Faith and Facts Card — Gun Violence.
As part of the focus on Gun Violence, the Justice Ministry team produced a survey that was give out to the First Church Family. 259 surveys were completed and returned to the Justice Ministry team. View the results of the Gun Violence Survey.