The DRC: Reiterating Hope for a Radiant Future

The absence of peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo continues to be a major concern for United Methodists in and outside the country. With decades of violence that claimed more than 4 million lives, corrupt and dictatorial governments, the quest for peace and good government seems to be urgent. As noted in resolution #6082 of the 2016 UMC Book of Resolutions, we are called to support processes leading to good governance, lasting peace and democracy. The continued political instability and uncertainty on the electoral process threatens the path towards lasting peace and development.

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Special Giving Opportunity!

WMJM LogoStreamersDoveName 379Dear Justice Seeker,
Our world and our denomination are mired in controversy and pain and people are living in unjust situations. Western Methodist Justice Movement (WMJM) is a movement of United Methodists in the annual conferences of the Western Jurisdiction who are committed to carry out the prophetic statements and actions of the Western Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church. We are writing to seek your financial support for the work that we do. WMJM functions with volunteers serving on a leadership team and an executive team, both of which meet electronically once/month. The primary work of WMJM is done through our Action Networks – areas of focus for action and strategy, made up of persons who are passionate about a particular action/strategy for increasing justice in our church and in our world. (Download the letter in PDF.)

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2017 Suggested Annual Conference Resolutions

The Western Methodist Justice Movement has written two resolutions for use in the June 2017 Annual Conference sessions in the Western Juristiction. These are in response to the Judicial Council ruling and the upcoming special called General Conference in 2019.

The resolutions are available for download in two formats: DOCX for recent versions of Microsoft Word and DOC for older versions. You will need to modify them for the format needs of your Annual Conference, and then read your Conference Journal for the rules regarding bringing items to the conference for consideration after the published deadline for petitions.

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Newsletter: In The News (Summer, 2017)

Nuclear Weapons Treaty

On July 7, more than 120 of the United Nations' 192 member countries signed an agreement banning nuclear weapons, despite boycotts from all nine of the world's nuclear-armed countries. Read More

California Sanctuary Bill

SB-54 has passed the Senate and is now in the Assembly. It would – among other things – prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies from using resources to investigate, interrogate, detain, detect, or arrest persons for immigration enforcement purposes. Read the bill.

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Support Outreach Work in Africa

 Outreach in Africa by LYNC and ICON
ICON is a unique education program that aims to bring the world together through service and music. The combination of international travel, service learning, leadership development and performing arts offers students an unparalleled experience and a pathway to make a difference in the world, one community at a time. In partnership with the Love Your Neighbor Coalition (LYNC) hospitality committee and San Francisco State University, ICON will visit and perform in South Africa and Zimbabwe (Africa University, United Theological Seminary Zimbabwe etc…) as peaceful ambassadors to strengthen existing partnerships and establish new relationships, in an effort to bridge the gap between progressives and conservatives through music. The hope is that some joint nonpolitical music will bring enough healing to both sides of the debate to have honest discussions about how we can move forward as global connectional church. An offering was taken to fund the cost of the trip at the concert Sunday afternoon at the Rise Up! Conference.

You can designate your gift "ICON choir" or  "LYNC International Hospitality" in the field, "Add a message to Cal-Pac MFSA."

You are invited to contribute to outreach and organizing work in Africa by the Love Your Neighbor Coalition (LYNC).  At the WMJM website, you can donate to WMJM with a note designating your gift for LYNC. Donate with this button: