People's Rights

Among the purposes of MFSA are the following:

  • to witness for and promote the defense of civil liberties and human rights;
  • to witness for and promote the establishment of societies based upon social-economic principles that accord freedom and human dignity for all persons without discrimination based on race, gender, age, sexual orientation, handicapping conditions or class distinction

To these ends MFSA works in and through the United Methodist church to promote and protect people’s rights.

Campaign Against Torture

National Religious Campaign Against Torture NRCAT is a growing membership organization committed to ending U.S.-sponsored torture, and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. Since its formation in January 2006, over 250 religious groups have joined NRCAT, including representatives from the Roman Catholic, evangelical Christian, mainline Protestant, Orthodox Christians, Unitarian, Quaker, Orthodox Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Baha'i, Buddhist, Hindu and Sikh communities.

GBCS resources on the abolition of torture

Corporate Accountability
MFSA has joined Corporate Accountability in their campaign to challenge the abuses of big tobacco and in the campaign to protect the human right to water.  OnFire, the young adult network of MFSA, sponsored a Humane Borders emergency water station at General Conference as as reminder that water is a human right and to highlight the urgency of the situation on our borders.

Corporate Accountability International  Corporate Accountability International is a membership organization that protects people by waging and winning campaigns that challenge irresponsible and dangerous corporate actions around the world.

Dismantling Racism
General Commission on Religion and Race The General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) challenges and helps the United Methodist Church’s agencies, institutions, annual conferences and congregations to achieve full, equal participation of its racial and ethnic minority constituencies in the total life and mission of the Church. The Commission strives to accomplish this task through education and advocacy and by reviewing, monitoring and supporting The United Methodist Church’s efforts to ensure racial inclusiveness and foster racial justice and reconciliation.
People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond  The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISAB), is a national and international collective of anti-racist, multicultural community organizers and educators dedicated to building an effective movement for social transformation.

GBCS Resources on Immigration
Interfaith Immigration Coalition

Immigration Advocates Network
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights NNIRR is a national organization composed of local coalitions and immigrant, refugee, community, religious, civil rights and labor organizations and activists. It works to promote a just immigration and refugee policy in the United States and to defend and expand the rights of all immigrants and refugees, regardless of immigration status.

Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Persons

MFSA 2002 Testimony to the General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns on LGBT persons and the unity of the church

Reconciling Ministries Network The Reconciling Ministries Network is a movement of United Methodists working for the full participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the life of the United Methodist Church, both in policy and practice.
Church Within a Church A progressive Methodist movement dedicated to BEing the fully inclusive church.
Affirmation Affirmation is an activist caucus of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people that pursues policies and processes that support full participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in all areas and levels of the United Methodist Church.
Human Rights Campaign The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce seeks to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community through training activists, equipping state and local organizations with the skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and building the organizational capacity of the movement.

Reproductive Choice

MFSA is represented on the Advisory Board of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and has advocated for continuing involvement by the United Methodist Church.  Read MFSA's position on reproductive rights here.

Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice works to ensure reproductive choice through the moral power of religious communities.

GBCS Resources on Family Planning and Reproductive Health

Workers' Rights
Interfaith Worker Justice  Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) is a network of people of faith that calls upon our religious values in order to educate, organize, and mobilize the religious community in the United States on issues and campaigns that will improve wages, benefits, and conditions for workers, and give voice to workers, especially workers in low-wage jobs.
GBCS resources on Labor and Worker Justice


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