The Office of Connectional Ministries has launched a new section on the conference website that highlights the justice ministries flowing out of South Georgia’s congregations and ministries. This is part of our 2011 emphasis called Do Justice.
“As Bishop King has so eloquently reminded us in his teaching and preaching, a holistic view of discipleship includes engaging in justice ministries,” said Rev. Doreen Smalls, Associate Director of Connectional Ministries and Conference Global Missions Secretary.
Justice ministries come in many forms. Any act that outwardly expresses God’s love through word or deed seeking to mend brokenness is a justice ministry. Acts that have traditionally fallen under the large umbrellas of missions and advocacy are considered justice ministries.
“Clothes closets; soup kitchens; volunteers-in-mission teams; transitional housing; community gardens; outreach ministries; tutoring ministries; awareness building and advocacy around hunger, homelessness, domestic violence, teenage pregnancy, AIDS, and poverty; Kairos ministries; well-drilling; Shalom Zones; and global health initiatives are just a small sampling of how South Georgia United Methodist Christians are active in the area of justice ministries,” Smalls said.
The Do Justice website is designed to compile a list of all the creative ways local churches and conference ministries are intentionally engaged in doing justice.
“One of the exciting things about this tool is that the information provided will generate a color-coded push-pen on a map showing the location and type of justice ministry in which your church or group is engaged,” said Kelly Roberson, Director of Communications. “With everyone’s assistance, we will be able to see the wide array of how our congregations and ministries Do Justice locally and globally.”
To get started, go to www.sgaumc.org/dojustice. On the left menu you will see a link to “Submit a Do Justice Opportunity.” You are encouraged to add as many ministries as you like and then explore the growing list of reported justice ministries.
“We are confident that we will all be amazed by the number, scope and creativity of justice ministries that will be reported,” said Rev. Smalls. “Hopefully, we will all find ways to celebrate what is happening across the world, as well as learn from and partner with others to maximize the impact.”