Caring for the most vulnerable is a consistent theme throughout Scripture. Likewise, Wesleyan theology and the Methodist movement from its very beginning placed a high emphasis on caring for the “least of these.” There are two primary ways the church lives out this calling: charity and justice. Charity meets temporary needs. Justice addresses root causes. Charity feeds the hungry. Justice asks why are there hungry people in the first place. From the Old Testament Law, to the Hebrew prophets, from Jesus to the apostle Paul, from John Wesley to the Book of Discipline, it is clear that we as the church are called to do both. We are called to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger, and visit the sick. But we are also called to work to make sure that no one is hungry, that our society and our laws treat strangers and immigrants humanely, and that all people have access to health care. That is the work of justice.
We hope that this website and the accompanying blog will be a great resource to help churches not only do works of charity but also works of justice. You can find small group curriculum in both a written and video format, connect with the General Church, learn about our partner justice organizations throughout Alabama, hear stories both of people in need of justice and churches that are doing the work of justice, and learn more about the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church.