Current Actions

  • Protect Health Care Access Now!

    In the face of immense threats, tell your Members of Congress that people of faith believe health care to be a basic human right. 

  • Urge President Obama to work for a just peace in Israel and Palestine


    Urge President Obama in his final weeks in office to take clear and decisive action for a just and lasting peace that will benefit Palestinians and Israelis in the months and years ahead.

    Ask him to support Palestine at the UN and take firm action to stop Israeli settlements.

  • Urge President Obama to work for a just peace in Israel and Palestine

  • Iowa Faith Leaders Support Second Chance Reauthorization Act

    Tell Senator Grassley (R-IA) that faith leaders support criminal justice reform! 

  • Stand with Standing Rock

    “Water is a sacred gift from God”

    (2016 Book of Resolutions #1033 Caring for Creation: Our Call to Stewardship and Justice)


    The United Methodist Church – through the statements and actions of General Conference – has continually affirmed the importance of protecting creation and the importance of building bridges of respect and understanding with indigenous persons.  Confronted with the ongoing marginalization and oppression of native peoples, we must pair our acts of repentance and healing with acts of solidarity and justice.

    Currently, the Standing Rock Sioux Nation is calling on people of good will to stand in solidarity with them to protect their sacred lands and waters by opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline.  The pipeline is a 1,168-mile long crude oil pipeline that will transport nearly 570,000 barrels of oil each day from North Dakota to Illinois.  The planned pipeline route crosses sacred lands of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation threatening the physical, cultural and spiritual resources of the community. 

    Take action today to stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation.  Let President Obama and the Army Corps of Engineers know that we stand with those advocating for the protection of sacred land and waters and ask them to listen to the concerns of the community and pursue a course that protects God’s people and God’s planet.

  • Save Mothers' Lives Today!

    Write your members of Congress urging him/her to support H.R.3706/S.1911 - Reach Every Mother and Child Act of 2015-2016.  Representatives Reichert (R-WA), McCollum (D-MN), Lee (D-CA) and McCaul (R-TX) introduced this legislation in the House of Representatives and Senators Collins (R-ME) and Coons (D-DE) introduced this legislation in the Senate. 

    Urge your representative: Find bipartisan support to prevent 300,000 maternal deaths and 2.8 million infant deaths each year by passing H.R.3706/S.1911 - Reach Every Mother and Child Act of 2015-2016.

    H.R.3706/S.1911 - Reach Every Mother and Child Act of 2015-2016 would:

    • Coordinate a U.S. government strategy to end preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths and help ensure healthy lives by 2035;
    • Require ambitious top line targets to be set, tracked and annually reported on;
    • Focus on the poorest and most vulnerable populations, recognizing the unique needs within different countries and communities;
    • Improve coordination among the U.S. government agencies and relevant foreign governments and international organizations;
    • Complement strong US bilateral investments with innovative, public-private financing mechanisms; and,
    • Accelerate partner country progress toward self-sustainability for maternal, newborn and child health.

    Your voice needs to be heard. Make sure the House of Representatives finds a bipartisan solution to ending maternal death and child mortality.

  • Help Enact Federal Criminal Justice Reforms

    Our beliefs direct us to protect the dignity and well-being of everyone impacted by the criminal justice system. That commitment extends to people who are victimized by crime, as well as to those who commit offenses. Current federal law demands harsh punishment for even low-level drug offenses. Pending sentencing and corrections reform legislation seeks to restore proportionality and fairness to federal sentencing and aid in rehabilitation for people in prison. Tell your members of Congress to support bipartisan criminal justice reform legislation. 

  • Faith Climate Petition

     Join over 10,000 people of faith and call on political leaders to address climate change.

  • Reach Every Mother & Child Act

    Each year more than 300,000 women die due to complications during pregnancy or childbirth and 1 million newborns die on their first day of life. Tragically, many of these deaths are preventable with access to simple, evidence-based solutions.

    With your voice, you can help end preventable maternal and child deaths within a generation. Representatives Reichert (R-WA 8), McCaul (R-TX 10), McCollum (D-MN 4th), and Lee (D-CA 13th) introduced The Reach Every Mother and Child Act to help scale up simple, evidence-based solutions like access to prenatal care, immunizations, and safe drinking water to save the lives of 15 million children and 600,000 women by 2020.

    Enter your zip code here to urge your Representatives to co-sponsor The Reach Every Mother and Child Act so that all may survive and thrive.

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  • Save Moms and Kids

    Each year more than 300,000 women die due to complications during pregnancy or childbirth and 1 million newborns die on their first day of life. Tragically, many of these deaths are preventable with access to simple, evidence-based solutions.

    With your voice, you can help end preventable maternal and child deaths within a generation. On July 30th, Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced The Reach Every Mother and Child Act.  This bold, bi-partisan legislation would help scale up simple, evidence-based solutions like access to prenatal care, family planning, immunizations, and safe drinking water to save the lives of 15 million children and 600,000 women by 2020.

    As people of faith, God calls us to respond to the suffering in the world, to love our neighbors throughout the world. (Leviticus 19:18) As followers of Christ, we are members of the same body, and the loss of one member is a loss for all.

    Urge your Member of Congress to stand up for the sacred worth of women and children by co-sponsoring The Reach Every Mother and Child Act so that all may survive and thrive.

  • Urge Your Senators to Support PEPFAR, Global Fund for AIDS, Malaria & Tuberculosis

    Encourage your Senators to support, at a minimum, the House appropriations numbers for the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria in any final spending bill.

    In the case of a continuing resolution, ask your senators to please work with your colleagues to ensure that $300 million from the base be redirected to PEPFAR to keep funding for HIV/AIDS up and U.S. contributions in line with our commitments to the Global Fund. Declining incidence and prevalence rates have been achieved in many areas.

    The tide of the pandemic is turning. This is not the time to step back from so much that has been accomplished thanks to the U.S. commitment to defeat HIV/AIDS.


    The AIDS epidemic continues to unnecessarily ravage communities and families leaving millions of children without parents and impacting economies creating a cycle that strips too many of God’s children from experiencing abundant life.

    In 2014, UNAIDS reports the lowest levels of new HIV infections this century at 2.1 million [1.9 million–2.4 million]. In the past three years alone new HIV infections have fallen by 13%. According to Dr. Benjamin Young, chief medical officer of the International Assn. of Providers of AIDS Care, “The pediatric AIDS epidemic has been eliminated in the United States.”

    The World Health Organization estimates that 35 million people in the world were living with HIV at the end of 2013. Of these, 3.4 million are children most of whom acquired HIV from their HIV-infected mothers during pregnancy, birth or breastfeeding.

    Because of the commitment of the global community:

    • AIDS-related deaths are at their lowest since the peak in 2005, having declined by 35%.
    • New HIV infections among children have fallen by 58% since 2001 and dropped below 200,000 for the first time in the 21 most affected countries in Africa.

    New HIV infections have risen by 7% in the Middle East and North Africa, however, and by 5% in eastern Europe and Central Asia since 2005.

    • AIDS-related deaths were seen to be rising steeply in the Middle East and North Africa by 66%.
    • The only other region where AIDS-related deaths are increasing is eastern Europe and Central Asia where AIDS-related deaths rose by 5% between 2005 and 2013.

    Biblical and Theological Context

    The United Methodist Social Principles (¶162U) state:

    Persons diagnosed as positive for Human Immune Virus (HIV) and with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) often face rejection from their families and friends and various communities in which they work and interact … All individuals living with HIV and AIDS should be treated with dignity and respect.

    We affirm the responsibility of the Church to minister to and with these individuals and their families regardless of how the disease was contracted. We support their rights to employment, appropriate medical care, full participation in public education, and full participation in the Church.

    "We urge the Church to be actively involved in the prevention of the spread of AIDS by providing educational opportunities to the congregation and the community. The Church should be available to provide counseling to the affected individuals and their families.

    Take Action

    Write or call your senators today. We have prepared a sample letter that you can use or modify to your own message. Please act now to defeat this pandemic that is ruining so many lives.

  • Urge Congress to Pass the International Violence Against Women Act

    “We [The United Methodist Church] recognize that family violence and abuse in all its forms — verbal, psychological, physical, sexual — is detrimental to the covenant of the human community. We encourage the Church to provide a safe environment, counsel and support for the victim. While we deplore the action of the abuser, we affirm that person to be in need of God’s redeeming love” (Social Principles ¶161G, Book of Discipline).

    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 bipartisan International Violence Against Women Act (H.R. 3571/S.2307), also known as IVAWA, makes ending violence against women and girls a top diplomatic and foreign assistance priority by codifying, implementing and giving congressional oversight to the ongoing U.S. Strategy to Prevent & Respond to Gender-Based Violence Globally. IVAWA will streamline and better coordinate anti-gender-based violence (GBV) programming across various U.S. government agencies, making this a cornerstone of U.S. development and foreign policy. Because the goal of this legislation is to coordinate and integrate existing programs, no new funding is required.

    IVAWA focuses on:

    • Preventing violence through community-based solutions to transform social norms that condone and/or encourage violence against girls and women, as well as boys and men;
    • Increasing legal and judicial protection to address gender-based violence;
    • Increasing health-sector capacity by integrating programs to address gender-based violence into already existing health programs focused on child survival, health and HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment; and,
    • Improving the economic status and educational opportunities for women and girls thus reducing their vulnerability to violence.

    As people of faith, we must work to change cultural, economic, legal and political systems that dehumanize, exploit and abuse women and girls.

    Contact your members of Congress and urge them to act now!

  • 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.

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    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.