“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8
Holy Covenant’s Advocates for Justice and Peace is a group of individuals seeking to live out the call to do justice by educating our congregation and community on justice and peace issues; providing resources for individuals or groups who want to be involved in justice ministries; and acting on local, national, and international justice issues as they arise.
What Do We Believe?
We believe all people – regardless of age, race, gender, or sexual orientation – deserve equal, compassionate, inclusive treatment. We believe that God guides us to act on this belief and that we must act publicly to provide support to others – we need to challenge our society and work toward this dream as God leads us.
Activities have included:
• Raising relief funds for the victims of genocide in Sudan
• Coordinating efforts to restore funding for children’s health insurance (CHIPS) in Texas
• Educating the congregation/community on legislative, election and voting issues
• A member of Partners in Harmony for the Turtle Creek Chorale
• Serving as a host location for Dallas Dinner Table—an outreach to combat racism
• Leading Bible Study “Claiming the Promise:” Examination of Homosexuality and the Bible
• Hosting educational “Film Fests” in which documentary films are viewed, followed by group discussion over important justice issues
• Bringing the “Shower of Stoles” to HCUMC (Stoles of clergy surrendered due to sexual orientation)
• Sponsoring Coffee Hour 4 week study of the UMC Social Principles— one result being the formation of the Green Team.
• Facilitating book study on ”Becoming a Justice Seeking Congregation” led by the author, Rev. Bill McElvaney— resulting in a fall four week sermon and Sunday School series on Social Justice. Primary emphasis was Immigration, Racism, and Homosexuality.
• Planting a “Peace Pole” at HCUMC
• Sponsoring “Meet the Troops” quarterly
• Hosting a 90 minute Anti-Racism presentation for Administrative Council. Second presentation for the Leadership Team
• Sponsoring church wide viewing of film “For the Bible Tells Me So”—follow up Lecture/discussion session with Rev John Holbert from Perkins School of Theology
• Developing entrance to network working toward Immigration Reform
• Developing and presenting 2 week Racism Sunday School Series for Adult Classes
• Reviewing “Peace Village” camp for children and youth—implementation in youth programming
The Advocates are co-chaired by Mary Mitchell Trimble and Rob Evans. Meetings are held the 1st Thursday of each month at 7:00pm in room EB 202. Activities and events are announced in the Holy Covenant UMC Newsletter. Join us!!
“White like Me: Can We Talk.”
Recently Dan Kasten gave a 5th Sunday talk “White like Me: Can We Talk.” At the conclusion of Dan’s talk the Advocates committed to continue the discussion on Racism. This is the first of a series of papers on Racism. Several years ago Peggy McIntosh, associate director of the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women, gave a series of presentations at Vanderbilt on White Privilege. This is a portion of one of the presentation.
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