Church & Society

The Church and Society Committee works to activate church members pertaining to local, national, and international issues according to General Board of Church and Society policies, which are current applications of the Social Principles from the Book of Discipline.  Our committee meets the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm. Please join us.  We invite you to explore the following documents and links:  Texas Impact - People of Faith Working for Justice Faith in ActionWorld Council of Churches



SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: 


Join us with this New Year's resolution to do away with paper and styrofoam plates.  It takes decades for these plates to decompose in our landfills due to the plastic chemicals used to make them durable and leak-proof.  The hospitality committee for JFON has invested in Nordicware plates available at Walmart which are reusable, microwave and dishwasher safe.  Nordicware may be found in the microwave section.  The cost is minimal (2 dinner-size plates for $3).  These will be used for the JFON monthly meetings for the food served to clients and their families and to clinic volunteers.


We are encouraging our congregation members to think about not using paper plates at home and at other church events to make a difference in our recycling habits.


Richardson residents who are being affected by the recent fire at the recycling center causing a temporary halt to recycling pickup, there are two blue recycling bins in Campbell Green Park at the corner of Campbell & Meadowcreek where you can deposit your recycled items until normal pickup at your residence is resumed. 


Climate Change

As people of faith, we are called to protect and serve God's Creation and seek justice for all people and future generations. The gravity of climate change requires us to act with urgency.
 
From rising sea levels and severe weather events to shifting growing seasons and increased exposure to disease, the world is already feeling the impacts of climate change. Its worst consequences fall on vulnerable communities who have contributed the least to climate change but will suffer the most.
 
Yet, even as we faithfully commit to doing our part, we recognize that these actions alone are not sufficient-this crisis requires a global response.


To create a future with clean air, a healthy environment, good jobs, and resilience in the face of a changing climate for our children and God's Earth, countries around the world must commit to an ambitious, equitable and binding global framework to address climate change.
 
As we approach the UN negotiations for 2015, we prayerfully ask that the US government lead, with a commitment to:

  • Legally binding solutions that reduce national greenhouse gas emissions to levels consistent with scientific recommendations that prevent the worst impacts of human induced climate change.
  • Provide poor and vulnerable communities here and abroad meaningful support to build low carbon and climate-resilient societies.
  • We pray for your leadership in securing a just and sustainable future for God's creation.

Signatures of support will be presented to the President, members of Congress, and delegates to the UN climate negotiations that will occur through 2015.  We will have an opportunity to sign a paper version early next year or you may sign it on line now at Creation Justice Ministries: http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/50750/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=11267

Justice for our Neighbors (JFON)

The national board for Justice For Our Neighbors, which provides low-cost, high-quality professional legal assistance to immigrants, has approved Arapaho UMC as a JFON mobile site.
 
During monthly clinics held at the church, a professional immigrant attorney Maria Macias with JFON DFW will meet with prospective clients to help them begin their journey toward legal status.
 
Clinics will be held at Arapaho UMC on the second Thursday of every month rom 6–10pm.


Please call Arapaho UMC at 972-231-1005 to reserve your spot at the next clinic. Walk-ins will be not accepted. During the recorded message, press 14 for Spanish or 20 for English. Leave your name, phone number and give a brief description of the reason for your call.
 
More about Justice For Our Neighbors
JFON DFW is a faith-based ministry supported by the United Methodist Church and welcomes immigrants with compassion, dignity and love. Watch this 8-minute video for a brief introduction: National JFON promo video (James’ story)
 
JFON provides legal services, advocacy and education regardless of race or religion. Expertise JFON offers:

  • Family petitions
  • Adjustment of status
  • Consular processing for immigrant visas
  • Naturalization and citizenship
  • Asylum applications
  • Religious worker visas for the North and Central Texas Conferences of the United Methodist Church
  • Self-petitions under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
  • U Visas for victims of crime
  • T Visas for victims of trafficking
  • Temporary protected status
  • NACARA (Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act)
  • Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
  • Advice and counsel


Click here for a free download of the 40-minute documentary film The Stranger: Immigrants, Scripture and the American Dream, commissioned by the Evangelic Immigration Table.