Grants are gifted to churches or groups of churches working to meet the needs of the local community and the recipients of services through love and justice. The recipients and their ministries are Wesleyan in nature, inviting communities to work toward a greater balance of the Wesleyan works of mercy, namely compassion and justice (personal and social holiness).
• Love and Justice Grants are designed to help United Methodist disciples of Jesus Christ follow his teachings to love God and to love neighbor, especially the neighbor in need. Love of God bears fruit as love of neighbor through works of love and justice.
• Preference is given to applicants who include members of the local community and the recipients of services in the planning and organizing of the ministry and to those who are seeking to enter into or deepen long-term mutual relationships with the of the local community and the recipients of services. This helps ensure that ministries are “with” rather than “to” or “for” others.
• Preference is also given to ministries which address justice issues rather than simply compassion or “charity;” going beyond direct services to promoting systemic change and collective compassion, rather than individual or personal ministries alone (even though these are crucial and cannot be neglected).
• Grant recipients are also encouraged to provide opportunities for participants to reflect theologically on the experience of ministry so it becomes part of the ongoing spiritual formation of the group and those involved.
Fill-out online or Download: 2017 Love and Justice Grant Application