Practice Justice

Serving God by serving others

Scripture reminds us that Jesus came to bring good news to the poor, to liberate the oppressed, and to release the captives. We can be a part of actively changing the larger systems that are hurting people by putting our faith into action. We practice justice through policy change as a way to live out this call.

- Rev. Lora Andrews, Senior Pastor

Antiracism

Part of living out our faith is a strong commitment to racial equity. St. Paul’s is committed to a holistic approach to antiracism. We are in it for the long haul. We are learning, listening, neighboring, and advocating through policy change to live into the truth of our welcome statement to celebrate the worth, dignity, and gifts of every person as a child of God. Here are some ways to practice racial justice as part of your faith journey. We also have studies and activities available specifically for kids and youth.

Voter Engagement

Engage Voters

Get involved in the work of anti-racism at St. Paul’s through the work of voter engagement. Phone banking gives us a chance to connect with and equip those in our community with the power to make their voices heard on election day. St. Paul’s and MORE2 are partnering to offer two opportunities to get trained and engage in phone banking.

Phone Bank #1: September 20, 1-3pm. MORE2 will provide training on how to phone bank. This phone bank will target people who are not regular voters in the community around our church.  

Phone Bank #2: Date & Time TBD. We will join with other churches for this phone bank, which will focus on calling people of color in Johnson County.
small group leaders

Join an Antiracism study group

Over 80 St. Paul’s individuals are currently engaged in these studies.

Black Lives Matter

Request a Black Lives Matter yard sign

Join over 60 St. Paul’s families who are displaying Black Lives Matter signs in their yards in solidarity, support, and love for our neighbors. 

LGBTQ+ Activism

St. Paul’s celebrates LGBTQ+ people at all levels of leadership in our congregation. We are actively engaged in policy change work within the denomination, as well as working for full inclusion locally in our communities. Members of St. Paul’s were part of organizing and advocating for Non-Discrimination Ordinances in Johnson County, KS to pass in the fall of 2019.

Partnerships & Commitments
We partner with Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN), UMCNext, ResistHarm, and Wide is God’s Welcome KC to advocate for policy change within the denomination.

Pastor Lora co-leads the Great Plains UMCNext movement with these four commitments:

We believe these commitments are essential to a hope-filled future for the global Methodist movement as we make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

1. We long to be passionate followers of Jesus Christ, committed to a Wesleyan vision of Christianity, anchored in scripture and informed by tradition, experience and reason as we live a life of personal piety and social holiness.

2. We commit to resist evil, injustice and oppression in all forms and toward all people and build a church which affirms the full participation of all ages, nations, races, classes, cultures, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities.

3. We reject the Traditional Plan approved at General Conference 2019 as inconsistent with the gospel of Jesus Christ and will resist its implementation.

4. We will work to eliminate discriminatory language and the restrictions and penalties in the Discipline regarding LGBTQ persons. We affirm the sacred worth of LGBTQ persons, celebrate their gifts, and commit to being in ministry together.

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