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.

Find agendas, minutes, and elected members for the Church and Society team.

Peace and Justice Summit

When: Nov. 9, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

Where: Northfield UMC
1401 Maple St.
Northfield, MN 55057

Attend this one-day forum and time of exploration. The theme of the summit will be "Empowerment and Public Engagement as Christians," featuring speakers Harry Voyte and Marie Strom. Also represented will be Respectful ConversationsEarthKeepers, and the Palestine/Israel Justice Project. Shorter workshops will explore issues in the Middle East, eco-justice, and further discussion on nonviolence and public engagement.

Special Bonus: Learn how to receive a grant for up to $1,500 for use in your church’s peace and justice program. 

Cost: Free, lunch included

Register here or learn more.

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.

In a time of disruption and unrest, the prophet Micah challenged the people of God to work for social justice and to imagine what it would be like for all to have what they needed and live in peace and unafraid. What projects is your church doing to make Micah 4:4 a greater reality?

The Church and Society Action Team is offering grants to local churches for projects that are aimed at promoting peace and justice. How can Christians be involved in making the world more peaceful, more just?

If you feel unsure about grant writing, watch for an announcement of a grant writing workshop at the 2019 Annual Conference. The team wants every church to have the resources to help heal the broken world.

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