Church and Society

Church and Society logoAs United Methodists, we are called to invite people to enter into a community of faith responsive to a vision of justice ministries that is biblically and theologically grounded, and to invite United Methodist congregations to play a prophetic role in bringing God’s vision to reality. Our mission is to advocate the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the church and society.

In the Wesleyan tradition, Church and Society Team of the Minnesota Annual Conference seeks justice in a variety of social issue contexts. This team:

• Provides educational opportunities through workshops and action items 
• Encourages members of the churches to act in ways that show the love of Jesus Christ by helping those without a voice
• Administers Peace and Justice grants to provide funds for both local congregations and United Methodist related agencies engaged in ministries to promote peace and advocate for the poor and the marginalized and to develop programs that work towards justice.

Members of the team include both clergy and laity who are passionate about advocating for social justice. The team supports climate justice, victims of human trafficking, immigration justice, justice for Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, children's welfare, racial justice, etc.

They express Christian love not only through words but through actions of justice and mercy.

This team is a branch of the General Board of Church and Society of the UMC.

Monthly meeting

The team meets on the third Monday of every month at 9:30 a.m. at the Minnesota Church Center in Minneapolis.

Immigrants and Refugees: No One Left Behind Workshop

The Church and Society team is presenting Immigrants and Refugees: No One Left Behind Workshop. Learn about immigrant and refugee challenges and how your congregation can practice radical hospitality. 

Morning session: Speakers from Transformative Circles, a group of diverse people coming together to foster greater understanding and appreciation for our community, cultural differences, and customs through intentional conversation. Three of the morning speakers are refugees or immigrants.

Afternoon session: Colleen Beebe will lead an interactive activity: Who Can Stay, Who Has to Go. She uses refugee/immigrant stories to explain the reality of US immigration laws and how they are applied. She will also talk about taking action.

The Reverend Jesus Purisaca will talk about his ministry with the Latino community in South Minneapolis and his advocacy work.

Cost: Cost $10 (includes lunch)

Where: Coon Rapids UMC

When: Saturday, Jan. 20, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Register for this event by Jan. 5, 2018. Contact Gail Chalbi to register, 12060 Norway St. NW Coon Rapids, MN 55448 or

Peace with Justice Grants

Applicants for this grant must be a Minnesota United Methodist local church, district, annual conference, or other affiliated organization, or an ecumenical group/organization working with and through at least one United Methodist agency or organization.

Download forms for Peace with Justice Grants

Peace with Justice Grants Description

Application for Peace with Justice Grants


Gail Chalbi / 763-447-9659

Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404

(612) 870-0058