At St. Andrew, we seek to follow in the footsteps of John Wesley and the early Methodists who expressed their opposition to societal ills and commitment to social justice. We are committed to being “an open community,” which includes our openness to brave conversations and courageous action as Christians called to ministries of compassion in the face of injustice, sexism, racism, the demonization of the immigrant, and mass incarceration. "It is our conviction that the good news of the Kingdom must judge, redeem, and reform the sinful social structures of our time" (Book of Discipline 2012, p. 53). Use these links for more information about The United Methodist Church Social Principles and the United Methodist social justice agency.
Antiracism Study Groups
Courageous anti-racism conversations take place periodically, usually discussing a book over a number of weeks. No groups are currently meeting, but you can explore these ideas by checking out any of the resources listed below.
America's Original Sin by Jim Wallis
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Waking Up White by Debby Irving
I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi.
Understanding & Dismantling Racism by Joseph Barndt.
Race Talk: and The Conspiracy of Silence by Derald Wing Sue
Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald
Movies: Just Mercy and 13th
Partners in Hope
Our mission is to show the love of Christ to individuals who are reentering our community after incarceration, without judgment or condemnation, but with grace, mercy, and compassion.
We partner with local probation services to provide financial support for bus passes and incentives, and we aim to encourage and advocate for all children of God as they return to our community. We seek to be agents of repentance for a justice system we know is broken, and we desire wholeness for all of those affected by and implicit in the system, whether through incarceration or the blindness produced by privilege and ignorance.
Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA) are formed with individuals who the probation department partners with us. We provide additional support to those going through the probation process.
Antiracism and social justice studies and movie screenings are offered periodically to promote active discussion and action. More information can be found in the Antiracism Study Groups dropdown.
Contact MaryKate Annin or Lisa Eaker for more information.