Current Actions

  • Faith Leader Letter for Christopher Young

    Christopher (Chris) Young was sentenced to death in Bexar County in 2006. He was convicted of killing 55 year old Hasmukhbhai Patel during a robbery of Patel's mini-mart/dry cleaners in San Antonio in 2004. 

    Young’s attorneys are challenging his conviction and seeking a new trial based on what they consider a violation of the Free Exercise Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Their appeal specifically cites the fact that during jury selection in Young’s trial, a potential juror was struck from service based on her religious affiliation and her association with her Baptist church’s outreach ministries program.

    While we might not agree on the morality of capital punishment, we agree that religious affiliation shouldn't be the basis for throwing someone off a jury.

    The attorneys argue such religious discrimination is impermissible and must be remedied in this case. They now seek relief from the U.S. Supreme Court, which soon will consider whether to consider the case.

    Young’s attorneys would like to draw national media attention to this case when their petition reaches the Justices for consideration. We are seeking signatures from faith leaders nationwide on a letter of support. They intend to release the letter to the media, along with the list of signatories (name, affiliation, city and state), in mid-to-late February.

  • 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. 

  • 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 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. 

  • 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.