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.
Great Plains Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. and retired Bishop Ann Sherer-Simpson addressed the church’s role in the era of #MeToo in the annual “For the Transformation of the World” event on Oct. 27, 2018 at Lexington (Nebraska) First United Methodist Church.
“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.
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.