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RECONCILING MINISTRIES NETWORK 10th ANNUAL GATHERING, FEBRUARY 12

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Biblical Foundations

And what does the Lord require of you?

To do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God. -Micah 6:8

Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this:  to visit orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world.  -James 1:27

Mission Statement

The mission of the Church & Society Committee shall be to demonstrate the relationship between faith in Jesus Christ and personal, social and civic responsibility.  Now that we have been reconciled to God through Christ, how should we then live?

Primary Function

The primary function of the committee shall be to conduct a program of advocacy, education, and action on the wide range of issues that confront the Church.  The committee shall develop, promote, and distribute resources and conduct programs to inform, motivate, train, organize, and build networks for action toward social justice throughout society. The committee will support and assist church members as they identify and respond to critical social issues at community, regional, national, and international levels.

Reconciling Statement

As part of BCUMC, the Church and Society Committee affirms God’s grace for all persons by committing ourselves to welcome persons of any race, age, gender, economic condition, disability, or sexual orientation. We also commit ourselves, as disciples of Jesus Christ, to continuing reconciling relationship with all we meet.

Responsibilities

The primary responsibility of the committee shall be to seek implementation of the Social Principles and other policy statements of the General Board of Church & Society.  Specifically, it shall be the responsibility of the committee to implement a program that addresses the six issues that GBCS follows:

  • The natural world (i.e. science, water, plants, animal life)
  • The nurturing community (i.e. the family, women & men, children)
  • The social community (i.e. racial concerns, alcohol & drugs)
  • The economic community (i.e. corporate responsibility, gambling)
  • The political community (i.e. criminal justice, civil obedience)
  • The world community (i.e. nations & culture, war & peace)

Ongoing Projects

Ecology: In keeping with our mission statement the Church & Society Committee works with other committees and members of the church to help make our church as “green” as possible. Toward that end, with the full support of the Fellowship Committee, we serve Fair Trade Coffee at church functions, use compostable cups, and have a strong recycling program. We save the church money by recycling, as well. We now have a battery recycling box on the Missions Committee table.

Outreach: The Church & Society Committee has an outreach program to reach the LGBT community in the greater Seattle metropolitan area, including Woodinville. June 26, 2011 will be our 4th year of having a table at Pride Fest at the Seattle Center. We will be giving away 200 neck coolers with the C&S website address on iron-on tags.

Education: The Church & Society Committee presents a “mission moment” every December around World AIDS Day.

Personal: The Church & Society Committee believes not only in advocating for “others” to work for a more just world, we believe it starts with ourselves. In keeping with that, and in line with the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church, we have become a “tobacco free committee.”  The Social Principles of the United Methodist Church 2009-2012 says:

We affirm our historic tradition of high standards of personal discipline and social responsibility. In light of the overwhelming evidence that tobacco smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco are hazardous to the health of persons of all ages, we recommend total abstinence from the use of tobacco. We urge that our educational and communication resources be utilized to support and encourage such abstinence. Further, we recognize the harmful effects of passive smoke and support the restriction of smoking in public areas and workplaces.

CONTACT:  For questions, comments, or to join this committee please contact Brook Self.

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