Justice & Mercy

Songs of Mercy and Justice Hymn Festival

Mission and Ministry: Mercy

Food Ministries

Saint Paul UMC is part of the Lincoln Food Bank backpack feeding program. Food is distributed weekly to an elementary school.

Twice-weekly free lunch distributed through our partnership with Lulu’s

Monthly food preparation for Matt Talbot

Food bags given from our pantry to Cornerstone and to those in need as available

Participation in Crop Walk and Heifer International annually

Housing

Saint Paul supports the Interfaith Housing Coalition and the residents of the President and Ambassador Apartments. Our support of this mission effort will provide a Christmas treat for all residents.

Opportunities

This year, the community of Saint Paul has come together to form the Justice and Mercy team (JaM), which heads up our community activism and service outreach.As we begin our justice work, we have currently formed three teams focusing on important areas of concern for Saint Paul, and the Methodist church as a whole: Eco-Justice, Health Justice, and Racial Justice.

These teams will reach out to our surrounding community, fundraise, hold events, educate, and amplify the voices of those who are marginalized. We have also begun to merge the amazing work of our previous Missions Ministry into our JaM team, as we continue to donate our time, talents, and resources to help those in need.

If you have any questions or would like to join as part of this effort, contact Mackenzie Marrow at [email protected]

If you are interested in racial justice resources visit greatplainsumc.org/racial-justice.

Saint Paul Justice & Mercy Team FAQ

  • Presence at the state capital for justice gatherings on topics such as immigration and racial injustice
  • Representation on community partnership boards working for justice
  • Speakers, classes and forums to educate on justice issues
  • Preaching justice
  • SP supports (financially and through participation) the Interfaith Peacemaking Coalition yearly workshop.
  • We have placed yard signs in member’s homes which address justice issues to let community know we are sharing God’s Love for all in acts of justice.

We have gained new members through our efforts at justice as people have seen our witness with PRIDE festival and our rainbow banners outside the church.  Each have told stories of their previous exile from churches due to homophobic or shame-based theology.  They have found new life and new connection to God through the welcoming of Saint Paul UMC.

  • Saint Paul has undergone a new visioning process with the guidance of the Unstuck Church Group.  One of the areas of our focus for growth is in Mercy and Justice.  We have formed a strategic planning team which will be leading the congregation into greater justice-centered mission practices.
  • We will begin with a foundation of deepening our own understanding of lovingkindness. All justice work must be grounded in love (open hearts).
  • Next we will educate ourselves and the congregation around justice and the biblical mandate (open minds).
  • Finally, we will go forward into the world beyond our doors to do acts of justice (open doors).

Our strategic planning team has identified three areas for our focus:  racial justice, ecological justice, and health care.  Each of these areas will be resourced and ministry teams will be formed to engage the congregation in love, education and action. We will schedule our efforts strategically by launching one at a time and building support before adding the next.

We are exploring the resources offered by the United Methodist Church, the Great Plains Conference, and the Blue River District.  There is already great support available which we plan to utilize.  The leadership of the Bishop and our District Superintendent is critical as inevitably there will be resistance from within the congregation.  As people learn about justice work, there is often comments about the church becoming ‘too political.’  Knowing that the leadership is supportive will be a great assistance.