JUSTICE & RECONCILIATION
Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God. - Micah 6:8
You shall love your neighbor as yourself. - Matthew 22:39
For more information contact Rev. Meg Peters.
To learn, serve and witness to the need for social holiness as well as personal holiness, in our community & beyond
Methodist founder John Wesley preached a message of grace, personal holiness, and social holiness - showing Christ’s love by caring for people’s spiritual and physical needs.
Personal holiness – our relationship with God
Social holiness – our relationship with others
The UMC continues this today through its Social Principles, local congregations, and the General Board of Church and Society – dedicated to the work of living faith, seeking justice and pursuing peace.
Simply put – we want to ensure every human being has the same rights we claim for ourselves, as children of God, equally beloved and all made in His image.
“Justice is what love looks like in public.” Dr. Cornel West
“Reconciliation is an ongoing, spiritual process involving forgiveness, repentance and justice that restores broken relationships and broken systems to reflect God’s original intention for all creation to flourish.” Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil
Areas of Focus
Based on the interests of our congregation and the needs of our community, Justice & Reconciliation will focus on one or more of the following issues. What do you want to learn more about?
•Creation care (climate & environment)
•Dialog skills (how to talk about hard topics)
•Food insecurity (including work with Jim & Betty Holmes Food Bank Garden)
•Health needs & health outcome inequities
•Illiteracy & education inequities
•LGBTQIA+ needs & issues
•Poor economic mobility (escape from poverty)
•LGBTQIA+ needs & issues
Education & Action
How does Justice & Reconciliation intersect with Centenary’s Missions Committee?
Missions Committee offers relief from hardship, through financial support and volunteer service. This is the first step in social holiness, as emphasized by Methodist founder John Wesley.
Justice & Reconciliation wants to learn why these hardships persist, and how we can work to eliminate those issues. This is the critical next step in social holiness.
If Missions is a relief & service ministry, think of Justice & Reconciliation as an education & action ministry.
Our goal is to “move from mercy to justice” - so that human dignity, self-empowerment, and wholeness are restored – and all God’s children can flourish.
Ways to Get Involved
Study • Serve • Advocate • Witness
• Learn more about the UMC Social Principles
• Learn more about current issues facing our community
• Volunteer for service & advocacy projects
• Contact your elected officials - find contact info for local, state & national representatives based on your address here.
J&R Steering Committee & Our UMC Connections
On February 5, 2022, we visited the International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro, NC.