Service & Social Justice

United Methodists and Social Justice

The United Methodist Church has a long history of social justice activism, starting with our founder John Wesley’s work on behalf of the poor, his advocacy of prison reform, his opposition to war, and other social justice issues of his day.

Similarly, The United Methodist Church has identified and articulated a number of Social Principles relating to the Natural World, The Nurturing Community, The Social Community, The Economic Community, The Political Community, and the World Community. The Principles can be found online at

The AU United Methodist/Protestant Community seeks to follow in this tradition. In the Spring of 2004 we launched a social justice ministry in concert with our other ministries of Worship, Devotion, Compassion, and Hospitality. This ministry is under the guidance of a Social Justice Coordinator. Today we have Social Justice Committee.

Join us in service!

The AU United Methodist Community offers a number of opportunities to participate in service. The Social Justice program and Alternative Spring Break are two of our main ways we serve the greater community.

In February of 2013, members of our community brought their faith into action, by traveling to Union Beach NJ, to help the Superstorm Sandy relief efforts. More information about the trip, including photos and a personal reflection by some of those who attended can be found here.

The community also has a service coordinator who is always looking for service opportunities and to help people get involved with our service projects. You can e-mail Lindsay Wylie, our Service and Social Justice Coordinator, at

Choose an aspect of service in the menu above to learn more about opportunities within our community.