Since March 14, 2020, when covid hit and the quarantine started, we have received more than 300 new requests for legal and financial help — requests that we recognize as social symptoms of the virus just as surely as a pulmonologist recognizes shortness of breath as its physical symptom.
So what can we as a church — and what can we as individual Christians — say and do in response to the death of George Floyd, the resulting outrage and demonstrations, and the looting and burning by a minority of the protesters? There is at the core of each of us a presence of God that abhors this racism, injustice, and oppression — and will bring us out of it together.
With the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 comes escalating cases of child and domestic abuse. With your help, MJM’s critical work to meet these urgent legal and protective needs likewise steps up to meet basic needs and help ensure that the most vulnerable women and children do not become even more vulnerable when times are tough.
Methodist Justice Ministry helps children who have been the victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, as well as babies born addicted to drugs.
The Methodist Justice Ministry empowers women and children to make new lives free of abuse, taking complicated and time-consuming cases that other agencies do not have the resources to address.
The Methodist Justice Ministry goes beyond legal work to also provide financial and material support, as well as professional counseling, personal encouragement, and friendship.
I am preaching for the last time in DiscipleChurch this coming Sunday. And since it is my last time there, after founding this service and after being privileged to preach in it for almost 9 years, I hope you will indulge me a little. This Sunday, I am going to preach from what has become my very favorite story about Jesus in the gospels. I say that I am asking for your indulgence, because I have preached from this passage once before.