The Western Methodist Justice Movement (WMJM) is a group of United Methodists
who are committed to carry out the mission of the Western Jurisdiction Conference
of The United Methodist Church in diverse action areas, including: giving more
autonomy to the Western Jurisdiction, increasing the inclusiveness and justice focus
of churches, planning ministries to fully include GLBT persons, addressing racism,
immigration, reproductive choice, justice in the Philippines, advocating for a just
peace in the Holy Land, planning extravagant hospitality, and the direction of the church.
The seeds for the WMJM were planted at the beginning of Western Jurisdictional Conference 2012, in San Diego, at a pre-conference gathering organized by progressive United Methodists across the jurisdiction. That meeting was attended by laity and clergy from all eight annual conferences of the Western Jurisdiction. People with a passion to bring about change in the Church gathered into Action Groups according to their interest. Several resolutions were drafted by these Action Groups and were adopted by the WJC 2012.
During WJC 2012, Bishop Grant Hagiya of the Seattle Episcopal Area invited everyone to take authority to advance the Jurisdiction's goals and commitments, rather than waiting passively for the institutional Church to take the lead. He reminded us that the mission of creating a radically hospitable, Jesus-centered Church that was committed to the advancement of justice belongs to all of us.
The WMJM is a network of networks. People who have organized themselves around their particular areas of passion work together to build a comprehensive movement committed to the broad work of radical hospitality and justice. As a result, the WMJM consists of a number of interrelated action networks.
• Biblical Obedience
• Extravagant Hospitality and Congregational Inclusiveness
• Justice in the Philippines
• Reproductive Justice
• Studying the Future of the Church
• Worldwide Nature of the UMC (formerly: US as a Central Conference)
• Youth and Young Adults
New action networks can always be formed as people develop the passion and
inclination to do so. The important thing is always to remember that justice cannot be divided. In the Church of Jesus Christ, we are called to bring our passions together...
to struggle together to build the beloved community of God's people.
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WESTERN UNITED METHODISTS PLAN MINISTRY OF JUSTICE
Ignore Rules Against "Homosexuals"
Western United Methodists gathered in Las Vegas in the winter of 2013, to take action on historic statements by the leadership in the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church (UMC).
The first gathering of a group calling themselves the Western Methodist Justice Movement was held at University United Methodist Church near the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) January 30-February 1.
Activists were addressed by Kuusela Hilo (photo, left), an organizer for United Nurses Associations, SEIU, Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines, South of Market Community Action Network and Filipino Bayanihan Resource Center. Hilo outlined connections between issues such as immigration justice, racism, sexism, heterosexism, reproductive choice, and "extravagant hospitality."
Attendees built on prior work on action areas addressing the challenges of the diversity of the Western Jurisdiction of the UMC. The Jurisdiction extends from the eastern plains of Colorado to the Pacific islands of Guam and Saipan, and is one of the most diverse regions in the world.
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