Related to our Community Involvement, Bethany is engaged with groups that work toward long-term resolution of social problems such as homelessness, hunger prevention, working toward equality for all people, and peaceful resolution to problems facing our world.
Bethany Peace Fellowship
The Bethany Peace Fellowship had its beginning in 2008 when several Bethany members, troubled by the amount of discord and violence in our world, came together to learn more about peace issues and to find ways to promote peace in our lives, our country, and our world.
The group meets every two months for a one-hour meeting following the 11:00 AM worship service. Rather than being a protest group, the goal is to focus on positive action for the advancement of peace. The group genuinely welcomes others who would like to join the fellowship in exploring issues of peace together.
MOSES (Madison Organizing in Strength, Equality and Solidarity) focuses on prison reform at the county and state level. It also works to help those being released to reintegrate back into society as productive members of the community.
Race Relations – Bethany’s Response
Since September 2016, the members of the Race Relations Sub-Team have been responding to the Justified Anger Coalition/Movement in Madison. Sunday forums have focused on a variety of issues related to Racial Justice including:
- Representatives from Fountain of Life Church
- Life Center-Madison
- 1800 Days
- The Playing Field
- “Black History for a New Day” class
- Gun Safety and Violence
The advice from all forum leaders has been “GET INVOLVED.” Do everything to mix with racial diversity. Become aware; be in relationship with African-Americans! Pay attention to racial justice issues: join, march, study, read, pray and sing! The sub-team especially advocates joining the Playing Field Fun Nights held each month in Bethany’s Fellowship Hall to get to know The Playing Field parents, kids and staff (see the church calendar for dates).
Individuals on the Sub-Committee have found their passion pursuing the study of specific issues: gun violence, homelessness, incarceration, educational disparities, community-police relations, community development.
You are welcome to join us for our monthly meetings (held the fourth Thursday at 7 pm) to see what else we can do with your support as allies for racial justice.
Reconciling Ministries Network
Reconciling Ministries Network mobilizes United Methodists of all sexual orientations and gender identities to transform our Church and world into the full expression of Christ’s inclusive love.
Soulforce, guided by the spirit of truth and empowered by the principles of nonviolent resistance, works to end the religious and political oppression of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
On March 20, 2012 Bethany was privileged to be able to host a lunch for the 2012 Soulforce Equality Ride. For photos of this joyous occasion, click here.