Overworked and Undervalued: Women, Race and the Economy
National Seminar workshop from United for a Fair Economy
Charts and Diagrams
This industry encompasses justice issues ranging from economic disparity to racism. You can recreate the Just Food Restaurant experience introduced at Assembly 2014. Follow up with the resources the author of Behind the Kitchen Door
provided at her workshop and look for her book as a 2015 Reading Program title.
This experiential look at justice issues was introduced at Assembly 2014. It explores food systems, energy use, livelihoods, land use, violence against women, migration, criminalization, greed, radical hospitality and abundance. The informational signs are provided to allow local groups to share the experience.
As globalization quickens the consolidation of wealth and power by fewer individuals and corporations, United Methodist Women continues to stand for economic justice for those on the margins of society.
United Methodist Women work in this area includes:
- Advocacy for debt relief for impoverished nations crippled by efforts to repay loans to international bodies
- Support for the abolition of sweatshops and child labor
- Promotion of Fair-Trade policies and products
- Support for farm worker rights
- Participation in living wage campaigns
From the United Methodist Book of Discipline
As a church, we are called to support the poor and challenge the rich ... Poverty most often has systemic causes, and therefore we do not hold poor people morally responsible for their economic state. (Social Principles, ¶ 163 E)
Behind the Kitchen Door: Restaurant Workers Organizing for Dignity and Justice
With 10 million workers, the restaurant industry is one of the nation’s largest private-sector employers and one of the fastest growing segments of the economy in most regions nationwide, even during the recent economic recession.
Dominance, Digging and Doctrine
Some of the laws and procedures first established by the church have formed legal precedent, permitting the domination of the U.S. and its resources by Europeans.
Lives of small farmer communities in the global south and the benefits United Methodists can offer them through their participation in the UMCOR Coffee Project.
Ministry With the Poor: "What's With Got to Do With It?"
Since at least 2008, Ministry with the Poor has been one of four Areas of Focus of the United Methodist Church.
Organizing in Kentucky: Local Strategy Session on Racial and Social Justice Organizing
United Methodist Women of Kentucky organizer to build local momentum on social justice issues.
Resource Exploitation: Common Challenges of Global Mining Communities
Local communities around the globe have been victimized by multi-national mining corporations and the economic structures that govern them.
Young Women's Access to Education Globally
Around the world girls face every challenge-from poverty to acts of violence against them- that prevent access to education at all levels.
At National Seminar 2015 we explored what income and wealth inequality looks like in the United States today and how this particularly impacts women and communities of color.
Read "United Methodist Women March for Economic Justice"
Photos from the march on April 26, 2014
“God remembers those who suffer;
He does not forget their cry,
And he punishes those who wrong them. …
The needy will not always be neglected;
The hope of the poor will not be crushed forever.” (Psalm 9:12, 18)
“Protect the rights of the poor and needy.” (Proverbs 31:9)
“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled.
Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.” (Luke 6:20a)