Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

 

Welcome to EGUMC’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.

Our Mission Statement-Mobilizes Methodists to transform our church and community into the full expression of Christ’s inclusive love.  We welcome and include everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, age, economic status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.  This ministry meets monthly to plan outreach and education programs.

If you are interested in being a part of out ministry please contact Jeff Teague at jteague.jwt@gmail.com.

Committee meets the first Monday of each month from 6:30-8:00pm.

 

OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE THROUGH UPLIFT PEOPLE OF ELK GROVE AND THE REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT PROGRAM/OPEN DORRS INC.

Through Jesus’ ministry of love and compassion we are encouraged to serve those in need by using our talents and resources that have been gifted to us. Many of us are blessed with such abundance that we overlook our gifts as simple ways to navigate through life but to those in need, these gifts could be impactful and life changing. EGUMC has recently partnered with two organizations that give us the opportunity to use our gifts to serve people living in poverty and times of great transition. Programs created to make permanent change in the lives of others that in turn keeps Elk Grove a healthy and vibrant city. Both programs fall in line with our core values here at EGUMC. We hope you will read more about these opportunities below and consider how your talents and gifts can benefit others through your participation in Uplift People of Elk Grove and The Refugee Resettlement Program/Open Doors Inc. If you are inspired to participate in these volunteer opportunities , have questions or would like more information please contact Jeff Teague at Jteague.jwt@gmail.com.

UPLIFT PEOPLE OF ELK GROVE

  • What is Uplift People of Elk Grove?
    • Communities have the power to eradicate poverty and Uplift People of Elk Grove provides a unique opportunity and approach to break the cycle of generational poverty. Uplift is about relationships education and community.
    • We find individuals and families who are in poverty that we call Champions of Change. These are hard-working individuals committed to moving out of their current situation.
    • We go out into the community and find volunteers who we call Allies. These are individuals who will walk alongside the Champions of Change to help reduce obstacles to their goals.
    • Bringing the Champions and Allies together is one of the most important pieces that happens in Uplift Lift People of Elk Grove. These paths would not naturally cross so we create intentional communities. These intentional communities happen through honest relationships built without pretense.
    • Allies and Champions come together weekly in a safe environment where people can be relaxed share a meal and participate in programming designed to help asses strengths, resources and goals as well as rethinking and relearning the patterns of poverty. Through this time together Allies and Champions meet people who may not be like them. This begins to break down the barriers that separates us and we see eachother not through our differences by through what makes us similar.
    • Uplift combines friendship and faith-faith in self, faith in others and faith in relationships securing well-being for all.
    • It is through the networking and connecting of relationships that we begin to see change. This also builds the community in ways that are social welfare programs are not able to do. It provides the social capital which people need to make change.
  • We are currently searching for a people to be Allies, people who are ready to be transformed as they walk with the Champions through their process of transformation. What does it look like to be an Ally?
    • Strong desire to make change in their life and the lives of others.
    • Participation in trainings designed to prepare Allies to work side by side with their Champions. These trainings will take place prior to February 2018.
    • Participation in 15 week course work created to learn and grow side by side with Champions. Meetings will be held on Tuesday evenings starting Feb 6, 2018 and will include a meal and curriculum.
    • Following graduation from the coursework, Allies and Champions work on setting goals and working towards achieving these goals. This process can take anywhere between 12-18 months.

THE REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT PROGRAM/OPEN DOORS INC

  • The EGUMC, in partnership with Opening Doors, Inc. (resettlement agency) and The Table at Central United Methodist Church are seeking volunteers to help resettle refugees in the Elk Grove and Sacramento area.
  • Volunteers make a big difference in a family’s new life as they transition to their new home in the United States. Volunteer opportunities include but not limited to:
    • Airport Reception Assist in greeting refugees at the airport as they arrive after 24-48 hours of travel to the United States. Helping refugees gather their belongings at the airport and transporting them to their new homes in the Sacramento or surrounding area neighborhoods.  Helping them get situated for their first night in the United States.
    • Navigator Volunteer Assist in taking refugees to various appointments such as health clinics, DMV to obtain an I.D. card, public schools to enroll their kids, and the Department of Human Assistance (DHA) to apply for CalFresh and medical insurance.
    • Organizing a Drive Assisting in organizing a drive to obtain needed household items such as tables and chairs, pots and pans and other needed items.
    • Refugee Mentorship Providing guidance and support to refugee families in preparing them for a positive experience in the United States. This may include helping them find low-cost grocery and clothing stores, assisting them with resume preparation, job search and job applications, and helping them enroll in school to learn English.
  • Time Commitment Volunteering for a time commitment of 3 months for 1-2 hours per week to help refugees resettle in the United States. Generally, a team of 5-6 volunteers are assigned to one refugee family.
  • Training for volunteers is scheduled from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Saturday, December 16, 2017, at The Table at Central United Methodist Church, 5265 H Street, Sacramento, CA 95819.

HISPANIC HERITAGE WORKSHOP NOVEMBER 2017

AT THE ELK GROVE 2017 MULTI CULTURAL FESTIVAL

EGUMC AT 2017 SACRAMENTO PRIDE

Working for Full Inclusion of the LGBTQ Community in Our Denomination

We celebrate the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto by the Western Jurisdiction and ask that you join us in prayer and advocacy that our denomination will be transformed by the leading of God’s spirit and fully accept the gifts and graces of our LGBTQ Family into all levels of leadership in our church. Below are links to various decisions and commentaries concerning the Judicial Council Decision about the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto. Statements from the Church Council and pastor. Information about how to follow the work of A Way Forward Commission who will be making recommendations to the specially called General Conference in 2019 to address concerns related to full inclusion.

Reconciling Ministry

The Elk Grove United Methodist Church (EGUMC) believes a reconciling congregation is how God has called us to be as a church, as a ministry, and as an active member of our community. Our congregation fully embraces the concept of Christ’s all-inclusive love. Our church is a safe place in which all people, including gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) persons, are welcomed and supported on their personal faith journey.

EGUMC’s Reconciling Committee is a ministry working to ensure that everyone who walks through our doors is welcomed and accepted. We proclaim the message of reconciliation to those of faith and those who wish to know God. We host social and educational potlucks several times a year. We celebrate our ministry during the LGBT Pride festival and parade each year in Sacramento. We continually search for new ways to spread our message and belief that everyone holds sacred worth in Christ’s love.

EGUMC is a member of the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN). RMN is a Christian and United Methodist organization. RMN mobilizes UMC members of all sexual orientations and gender identities to transform our world into the full expression of Christ’s inclusive love. For more information about RMN, go to www.rmnetwork.org.

Matthew 5:15* – “No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.” *The New Living Translation ©2007

Do No Harm Initiative

On behalf of the Do No Harm Initiative, I would like you to check out the links below and show your support for all God’s children.

You can show your support for an “Altar for All” at this link
http://www.rmnetwork.org/newrmn/creating-an-altar-for-all-signers/altar-for-all-congregations/

PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays)

Meets the 1st Wednesday of every month from 7-9 PM in Bartholomew Hall (Elk Grove United Methodist Church)

PFLAG Vision:  We, the parents, families and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, celebrate diversity and envision a society that embraces everyone, including those of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. Only with respect, dignity and equality for all will we reach our full potential as human beings, individually and collectively. PFLAG welcomes the participation and support of all who share in, and hope to realize this vision.

PFLAG Mission:  PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.

PFLAG Strategic Goals
One- Build the capacity of our organization at every level so that we may have all the resources, in the form of information, people and funding, necessary to move forward in our work with the greatest possible effect.

Two- Create a world in which our young people may grow up and be educated with freedom from fear of violence, bullying and other forms of discrimination, regardless of their real or perceived gender identity or sexual orientation or that of their families.

Three- Make our vision and our message accessible to the broadest range of ethnic and cultural communities, ending the isolation of families with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender family members within those communities.

Four- Work toward full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons within their chosen communities of faith.

Five- Create a society in which all LGBT persons may openly and safely pursue the career path of their choice, and may be valued and encouraged to grow to their full potential in the workplace.

Six- Create a society in which all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons may enjoy, in every aspect of their lives, full civil and legal equality and may participate fully in all the rights, privileges and obligations of full citizenship in this country.

We welcome the participation and support of all who share in our Vision and Mission and who hope to realize our goals.