As people of God, we are called to work for justice for all people. This work is conducted in the Great Plains through the Mercy and Justice Team.
On a denominational level, this work is carried out by the General Board of Church and Society and the General Commission on Religion and Race.
Part of our work as United Methodists is to ensure our elected representatives hear from us when we feel strongly about an issue.
Does your church or organization have a project that you think could address a social justice issue but you need a little help to get started? The Great Plains Conference Mercy & Justice team might be able to help.
Social justice seed money grants are available to local churches through the Great Plains Conference. These grants are for outreach ministries focusing on root causes of injustices and the underlying reasons of why people are in need, and working toward structural changes. Applications must be received by May 30 and Sept. 30, 2017.
Become informed about legislative activities through your own state senator and representative. If you do not know their names, you can get them from your local election commissioner or city clerk. If you belong to the Farm Bureau, KNEA or any other professional organization, they may also keep you posted about developments in the legislature.
You can become more active in influencing legislation by contacting your senator or representative, in person or in writing. Here are some ideas to make your communication effective:
To contact Kansas legislators, visit kslegislature.org/li/b2013_14/members/. If you visit the main Kansas website www.kansas.gov, the list is under Legislature under the Government tab at the top of the website.
Kansas residents can access information on state government, legislation, public policy issues and more by calling 1-800-432-3924. Calls are answered by experienced reference/research librarians at the State Library of Kansas and kept confidential. Lines are open weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Callers can also leave brief messages to be delivered to legislators as well as request copies of bills, calendars, journals, committee agendas, voting records, and other legislative documents.
In addition to calling the hotline, residents can text questions to 785-256-0733 (standard text message rates may apply), instant message at www.kslib.info/ask-a-librarian, or visit the State Library. The State Library is located in the north wing, on the third floor of the Kansas Capitol Building.
How to contact Governor Brownback:
Look up bills and laws in the 2015 legislative session at http://bit.ly/KSbills2015
To contact Nebraska legislators, visit nebraskalegislature.gov/senators/senator_list.php. Each senator has a page with contact information and a listing of the committees upon which they serve.
Don't know who your representative is? Go to www.openstates.org and input your address.
The federal house of representative's website is www.house.gov. You can enter your zip code to find your representative's contact information.
Contact information for the senate members is available from their Web site at www.senate.gov.