Welcome to the first edition of "The Advocacy Connection," a quarterly newsletter created to communicate Advocacy information for awareness, knowledge, and call to action. We are hopeful that it will serve as a connection within and beyond our communities as a tool to make a difference through prayer, our voices, financial giving, and call to action as you are led.
Purpose and Mission
The Newsletter will include the South Georgia Conference Advocacy Discipleship Team, and the UMC General Agencies focuses, to include the General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR), General Commission on the Role of Status of Women (GCRSW), and the Global Board of Church and Society (GBCS). The first publication is inclusive of the Conference and the Agencies’ missions and websites that include communications such featured stories, articles, blogs, events, our Social Principles, and other relevant information. The next publication will include only featured information. We want this newsletter to be valuable for you, so please share your feedback and any suggestions that help us stay connected in the best way.
Who Are We?
The Advocacy team is a Discipleship Team of the South Georgia Conference, Office of Connectional Ministries. The Advocacy Team, Multiculturalism and Undocumented Neighbors Taskforce members have a broad knowledge and experience through individual and Conference and global connections strengthened by our interactions, training, hands-on, and other opportunities that have provided awareness, education and resources in response to those in need and according to our Social principles.
Meet the South Georgia Conference Advocacy Discipleship Team with their Quadrennial focuses:
- Denise Rooks, Chair, Focus: Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships.
- Rev. David Diaz, Focus: Immigration.
- Christy Odom, Focus: Persons with disabilities.
- Rev. Ashley Randall, Focus: Extreme poverty worldwide.
- Rev. Earnestine Campbell, Staff person related to the Advocacy Team, Focus: Supports the Advocacy team ministries, passionate about engaging in advocacy issues, awareness, and call to action.
See below and www.sgaumc.com/advocacy/ for complete Ministry focuses.
Why Am I Receiving This Newsletter?
You are receiving the newsletter because you signed up to receive it or you are a part of the Advocacy Team or a Taskforce of the Advocacy ministry. If you no longer want to receive the newsletter, you can unsubscribe by clicking the link at the bottom of the newsletter. However, we hope that it will be informative, and you will want to remain connectional through this newsletter.
The Advocacy Team gives coordinated effort to help the annual conference, districts and local churches reflect the best of Christian community as we value awareness, respect, trust, equality, and acceptance of our diversity. This team oversees ministries related to:
At the 2017 Annual Conference session, the South Georgia Conference approved two resolutions, statements that represent the position of the conference on a subject. The first, a “Resolution in support of a Coordinated Action on Behalf of Undocumented Neighbors,” called on the presiding bishop to form a task force to develop a strategy to educate clergy and laity about the history of immigration and human and civil rights concerning undocumented members of society and to encourage South Georgia United Methodists to engage in works of piety and mercy towards their undocumented neighbors. The second approved resolution, the “Multiculturalism Taskforce Resolution,” asked that the bishop appoint a diverse task force to consider the implications of multiculturalism education. The work of these two Task Forces are provided at this website.
Previous Featured Articles
General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR)
Featured Stories and Focuses
Collection of Resources
General Commission on the
Status and Role of Women
The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women advocates for full participation of women in the total life of The United Methodist Church. We’re helping the church recognize every person – clergy and lay, women and men, adults and children - as full and equal parts of God’s human family. We believe that a fully engaged and empowered membership is vital to The United Methodist Church’s mission "to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world."
Sexual Ethics Website - http://umsexualethics.org
Raising awareness, preventing sexual abuse, promoting healthy boundaries, bringing about justice and healing
We monitor annual conferences, jurisdictional conferences, and the General Conference for inclusiveness. We continue to look at United Methodist Church statistics and data for women’s representation across the denomination. Monitoring reports and our research findings, found in our Women by the Numbers segment, are posted on our blog and website.
We provide education through different trainings and free curriculum. We developed guidelines for inclusive and expansive language in our God of the Bible curriculum. We helped cultivate and support women’s calls into ministry in our Women Called to Ministry curriculum translated into French, Portuguese, and Spanish. We also educate by raising the Church’s awareness to women’s issues and opportunities in both the Church and the world.
We train and support women from our local Annual Conference COSROW chairs to women in the Central Conferences. We strive to nurture clergy and lay leaders in the church, both women and men, to recognize every person – clergy and lay, women and men, adults and children -- as full and equal parts of God’s human family. Upcoming leadership training events and webinars can be found on the events page.
Raise the Minimum Wage!
Despite continued economic expansion and rising corporate profits, wages have been stagnant. The federal minimum wage hasn't changed since 2009. Legislation has been introduced in Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. Your Senators and Representative need to hear from you.
Women and Children
- God unconditionally loves women and children of all nationalities, ethnicities, races, abilities, socio-economic statuses, gender identities and sexual orientations.
- Growing Girl Video
- Sacred Worth Books, https://www.umcjustice.org/sacred-worth-books
What We Care About
The United Methodist Church holds positions on dozens of issues. You can explore more below.
We hope this first edition of The Advocacy Connection has provided a comprehensive introduction about the newsletter and the South Georgia Conference Advocacy Ministry and the UMC General/Global Interactive Agencies. The upcoming quarterly publications will highlight only featured information from these sources. Stay tuned for the quarterly newsletter in December and thanks for being an Advocacy Connection Newsletter subscriber. We appreciate feedback; please send those to email@example.com.