Peace & Justice
Addressing the Root Causes of Suffering
The United Methodist Church has a long history of concern for social justice. Its members have often taken forthright positions on controversial issues involving Christian principles. Early Methodists expressed their opposition to the slave trade, smuggling, and the cruel treatment of prisoners.
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"The blind receive their sight, the lame walk, those with a skin disease are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised,and the poor have good news brought to them."
Matthew 11:5, NRSV
Our congregation is shaping the community's culture to improve spiritual, physical, social, and emotional health in Halstead. As a Healthy Congregation, Halstead First UMC seeks to address social isolation, increase access to healthful foods, and promote opportunities for physical activity and play.
Health Care Advocacy
We want people to be healthy, vital, and active in our community, and health care plays an important role in the health and wholeness of our neighbors. Sadly, there are 160,000 Kansans without access to health care. As a Faith Voices for Medicaid Expansion affiliate, our Peace and Justice small group is advocating for the expansion of KanCare (our state's health care delivery system).