Social Action Ministry

Our Mission

The Social Action Ministry team at Wesley United Methodist Church in Urbana, Illinois, is focused on social justice and missions, and as part of that values all individuals and their inclusion in communities of faith.  We declare ourselves as a reconciling community, welcoming and affirming persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities, as we all explore faith at Wesley.

Social Action Ministry Team 2019
Social Action Ministry Team 2019

Who We Are

Service and social action are central to Wesley’s mission. You can make a difference with Wesley, with the Social Action Ministry serving as a hub for our social justice activities. Read on to learn more!

Our Roots

We find inspiration in the United Methodist Social Creed and Litany and Social Principles. Several years ago Missions Committee and Social Action Committee merged under the ethos “mission in action and action in mission.” Today Social Action Ministry supports mission activities at Wesley as well as in the local community, nation, and world.

Our Legacy

Wesley has a rich history of promoting social action towards fighting hunger, peace and justice activities, fair trade, and environmental consciousness that we uphold with events that we organize and participate in year after year, including CROP Hunger Walk, Peace with Justice Sunday, and an alternative holiday market.

Our Focus

Each year we choose a few topics to focus on that we believe to be particularly relevant in this time and place. Our 2017-2018 theme was Incarceration — which has aftershocks in communities and families, often results in disenfranchisement and homelessness, puts financial and administrative strain on local government units,  and traps some individuals in cycles of recidivism. Previously, we’ve focused on issues related to poverty, racism, immigration and more. Interested in joining the Social Action Ministry team? Contact Craig Chamberlain (craigchamberlain@mac.com) or Elaine Bearden (elaine.bearden@gmail.com).