Starting with Genesis, God commanded humanity to care for creation. In the Old Testament prophets, there is reproach for the poor care Israel was providing the underprivileged and unequal distribution of wealth. As Christians, we have the example of Jesus, who ate with and advocated for the marginalized in society.
United Methodists and St. Mark’s continue in a long tradition of social justice. Methodism’s founder, John Wesley, committed to improving the conditions for poor people, slaves and prisoners. This continues through the United Methodist Social Principles, the official stance of the United Methodist Church on social issues. In addition, through resolutions enacted by the legislative body of the Church, concrete actions are provided to bring the Social Principles to fruition. St. Mark’s is addressing these issues in a variety of ways. (Click a heading below.)