Urge Congress to take action on the International Violence Against Women Act
One out of three women worldwide will experience physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse during her lifetime. Human Trafficking is a $32 billion industry. The United Nations estimates that 2.4 million people are enslaved for labor and/or sex at any time.
The United Methodist Church “…affirm[s] with Scripture the common humanity of male and female, both having equal worth in the eyes of God” (Social Principles. ¶161E.)
United Methodists understand that violence impacts every aspect of women and girls’ lives. The UMC calls for “…the prevention of further abuse by addressing the societal roots and not merely the symptoms of violence and abuse.” (Book of Resolutions #3423)
The bi-partisan legislation International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) would address and prevent violence against women and girls globally by:
- Supporting health programs and survivor services;
- Increasing legal and judicial protection;
- Promote access to economic opportunity projects and education; and,
- Support public awareness campaigns to change community norms and attitudes about the acceptability of violence against women and girls.
As people of faith, we must work to change cultural, economic, legal and political systems that dehumanize, exploit and abuse women and girls.
I-VAWA has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 3571) and the U.S. Senate (S. 2307). Contact your members of Congress and urge them to act now!
Smarter Sentencing Act Interfaith Letter for Clergy and Faith Leaders
Scripture commands “Justice, and only justice shall you pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:20). For too long Congress has ignored the consequences of the harsh sentencing policies it approved during the 1980s and the disproportionate harm it has caused people of color and those convicted of low-level offenses.
The Smarter Sentencing Act is a step towards addressing racial injustice as well as reducing the mass incarceration that characterizes our current justice system. We welcome all clergy and faith leaders to join the call to Congress to act justly by supporting the Smarter Sentencing Act.
- Rev. Gregory Boyle, SJ Founder and Executive Director, Homeboy Industries
- J. Ron Byler, Executive Director, Mennonite Central Committee, Washington, D.C. office
- Sr. Simone Campbell, Executive Director for NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby
- Dr. Iva Carruthers, General Secretary, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference
- Bishop Sally Dyck, United Methodist Church
- Bishop Grant Hagiya, United Methodist Church
- Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, General Secretary for the United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society
- Bishop Peggy Johnson, United Methodist Church
- Sr. Ellen Kelly, RGS, Province Leader, Province of New York
- Rev. Michael Kennedy, SJ, Executive Director, Jesuit Restorative Justice Initiative
- Rev. Carlos L. Malavé, Executive Director, Christian Churches Together
- Sr. Mary Catherine Massei, RGS, Province Leader, Province of Mid-North America
- Bishop William McAlilly, United Methodist Church
- Bishop Mike McKee, United Methodist Church
- Rev. Dr. A. Roy Medley, General Secretary for American Baptist Churches USA
- Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association
- Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, Director of the Presbyterian Church, USA, Office of Public Witness
- Bishop Gregory Palmer, United Methodist Church
- Rev. Gabriel Salguero, President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition
- Rabbi David Saperstein, Director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
- Rev. Dr. David Schuringa, President, Crossroads Bible Institute
- V. Rev. Thomas H. Smolich, SJ, President, U.S. Jesuit Conference
- Sandy Sorenson, Director, Washington Office, United Church of Christ, Justice & Witness Ministries
- Rev. Ron Stief, Executive Director, National Religious Campaign Against Torture
- Jim Wallis, President, Sojourners
- Jim Winkler, President, National Council of Churches, USA
Support the Smarter Sentencing Act
The Smarter Sentencing Act (S.1410) would significantly reduce harsh minimum mandatory sentences for low-level drug offenses and help increase fairness, reduce racial disparity and limit overcrowding in the Bureau of Prisons.
Urge Your Senator to End Gun Violence Today
The terrible gun shooting in Newtown, CT happened just a few months ago and already we have seen thousands more die due to gun violence. As the Senate begins to debate gun violence prevention legislation we must let them know that we want them to do all they can to keep our communities safe from this epidemic of gun violence.
This IS the Day to Stop Gun Violence
After the tragedy losing 27 lives to gun violence in Newtown, Conn, all of us know — regardless of where we stand on access to guns — there are simple things that Congress can and must do to prevent gun violence and more senseless tragedies.
This letter is to be sent to President Obama asking that meaningful action be taken. A church in Virignia vowed to keep the letter in its church foyer, solicit new signatures and send it in repeatedly until Congress takes action.
You and your congregation are encouraged to do the same, so we can work together to ensure fewer gun-violence tragedies in the future.
The letter is to go to:
President Barack Obama
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Send a Message to your U.S. Senators
Send a message to your elected leaders on any topic of your choice.
Send a Message to your U.S. Representative
Send a message to your elected leaders on any topic of your choice.
Stand Strong Against Malaria, HIV&AIDS and Tuberculosis
The U.S. government is a world leader in providing support to vulnerable communities as they struggle against life-threatening diseases like malaria, AIDS and tuberculosis. Yet, in today's political environment, Global Health funding is at risk.
Join us now in encouraging elected officials to stand strong for Global Health!
I am Prophet-Driven
We the people called United Methodist are committed to ministry with those living in poverty. As witnesses to the economic hardships faced by our brothers and sisters in the United States and around the world, we believe their needs and interests must be the focus of any recovery agenda. We reject the notion that those on the margins must suffer first and recover last. Instead, scripture demands we place those living on the economic margins at the center of our vision of a just economy.
FACT: Every two minutes, somewhere in the world, a woman dies from complications during pregnancy or childbirth. Up to 30% of these deaths could be avoided if all women had access to family planning.
What would the church look like if women and girls were seen as children of God with sacred worth?
More than 222 million women and girls around the world can’t plan for their own lives. Their health, education, and economic security are at risk because they don’t have access to the modern contraceptives they want and need to determine if and when they’ll become pregnant. Because they lack access, hundreds of thousands will die each year. For each woman who dies, ten more will suffer disability.
As the body of Christ, we are called to care for one another (1 Corinthians 2:25), starting with caring for those in our communities and extending that care to those around the globe. Seeing women and girls as children of God with sacred worth means remembering the nearly 800 women everyday who die in childbirth around the world, mostly from preventable causes, and collectively responding to this tragedy with prayer, education, and action.
The Healthy Families, Healthy Planet project is asking you to join our campaign to stand up for safe motherhood. Please help us reach our goal of sending 2,500 letters to Congress urging them to invest in programs that promote the sacred worth of women and girls. With our collective voices, we’ll send a clear message to Congress that people of faith support healthy births, healthy mothers, and healthy families.
You can participate in two ways:
1. Pledge to engage your congregation or community in writing letters to the elected officials in your area. Contact Katey Zeh for more information.
2. Send a letter to your Members of Congress by entering your zip code below.