Mercy and Justice

What does the Lord require of you? Mercy and Justice ministries of the Great Plains Conference resources local congregations to work toward justice in their communities.

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Campus ministries unite for spring break project in Rio Texas
Nebraskans learn about key legislative issues
Bishop writes open letter about immigration issues
Topeka church reaches out for Black History Month
Kansas LEAF event updates, encourages political action
Education is best defense against active shooter, conference leader says
Kansans mark final Bishop’s Roundup Against Hunger
Great Plains told to ‘go deep’ to bridge racial divide
United Methodist bishops call for a ‘Clean Dream Act’
Wichita loads 1,675 buckets for Puerto Rico; various kits accepted in Nebraska
Bucket drive surpasses goal, brings stories of community
Bishop issues statement on DACA program
Bishop Saenz urges United Methodists to stand against racism
NUMB riders pedal their bicycles to feed the hungry
Conference disaster response volunteers provide much-needed aid
NUMB celebrates its 22nd year fighting hunger
Register for the Jim Wallis event
Open Door ministry opens doors to new building
Creation Care team encourages churches to step up efforts
Justice Matters sees progress in Lawrence
Leader from Spanish-speaking Kansas congregation released on bond
United Methodists host NE legislative briefing day
Kansas issues explored at LEAF event
Omaha First UMC members share successes of helping refugees
Family, congregation saddened by separation after man is taken by immigration officials

‘Go deep,’ Sojourners founder tells Great Plains about political, racial divide

“It’s places like this that will turn this country in a new direction,” Jim Wallis told an audience at Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Wichita, as well as those in several watch parties throughout Kansas and Nebraska and those watching the livestream from the Great Plains website.

Wallis said he appreciated that the event, part of the annual “For the Transformation of the World” gathering, was presented by the Mercy and Justice team from the Great Plains. Mercy, he said, is “pulling a body from the river.” Justice is going upstream to see how the body got there in the first place.

Read more about Wallis’ presentation and the event.

Watch a video of Wallis’ talk and Q&A.

This team fulfills the function of the Conference Board of Global Ministries; the Conference Board of Church and Society; Christian unity and interfaith organizations; Volunteers in Mission; criminal justice and mercy ministries; and relates to our global mission partnerships in Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Haiti.

The disaster response team falls in the mercy and justice category and is led by Hollie Tapley. The disaster response team will oversee training of disaster volunteers, emergency preparedness in local churches, and organize the conference response to disasters.

The Great Plains mercy and justice coordinator is Kalaba Chali.

Read a message from Chali regarding the immigration crisis along the border.