Members of The Loft’s Social Justice Team will be traveling to Washington, DC (Oct. 22-25) to further our education and advocacy skills by partnering with the Board of Church and Society and Foundry UMC for a three day workshop, symposium, and training. The Loft received a $3,000 grant from the West District’s Living Into the Future Foundation to help fund the trip, and we look forward to hearing from the group upon their return.
What You Can Do – Advocacy
As United Methodists, we understand our call to transform the world involves personal, social and civic righteousness. The relationships we form in our communities, often through our direct service and mercy ministries, lead us to be advocates for justice. We cannot remain silent when we witness our neighbors impacted by broken social, economic and political systems that result in poverty, conflict, and oppression.
Putting our Faith into Action
Advocating alongside our neighbors, we call leaders to account and demand policies and practices that reflect our understanding of justice and dignity for all. While the journey toward justice is long, God encourages us and sustains us through community. Church and Society educates, equips and connects advocates with other United Methodists and faith and community-based partners as, together, we build a movement for justice. Here’s a list of current advocacy actions.
Jeania Ree Moore is connected with Ben Roberts – associate pastor and director of social justice at Foundry UMC. Jeania Ree has proposed a way The Loft can partner with Ben and his team’s Sacred Resistance group.
Sacred Resistance was started to capture and direct the energy many at Foundry were feeling post-election. Initially their focus was to serve as a hub for information, providing “weekly actions” people could do, including marches, protests, call-ins, trainings, and salient themes (see above link for current weekly actions).
Sacred Resistance is looking into launching an “advocacy exchange,” a sort of partnership between Foundry’s Sacred Resistance group and congregations, groups, and communities around the country. The partnership would consist of Foundry utilizing its physical presence, voice, and advocacy here in DC on behalf of a congregation not in DC, with that partnered congregation providing access to Congressional representation, which Foundry’s DC-based members do not have. The partnered congregation outside of DC would empower Foundry’s SR team to visit their members of Congress in DC on certain issues of common interest and concern to both congregations, and do advocacy from that faith perspective. The partnered congregations would then agree to visit and speak with their same members on those issues when they were back in their home offices.
Foundry has not launched this advocacy exchange yet, but if the Loft were interested, it could be possibly serve as the guinea pig, model, and potential partner shaping how such a partnership could be utilized broadly amongst congregations.