In order to be socially responsible, we believe in justice and inclusion for all. The people of Dixboro United Methodist Church strive to live into our vision statement by being an inclusive faith community that empowers all people to feel respected, heard, valued, and understood, especially those from marginalized groups. We aim to take our membership vows seriously when we vow to "renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of the world, and repent of our sin…[and] to accept the freedom and power God gives to resist evil, injustice, and oppression."
As members of the UMC, we join with our founder, John Wesley, who lived into the two greatest commandments that Jesus taught us: “Loving God with our heart, mind, and soul; and loving our neighbor” (Matthew 22:37-40). Wesley broke it down into two parts:
* “Works of Piety” that focuses on our relationship with God such as praying, reading scripture, fasting, and worshiping.
* “Works of Mercy” includes feeding people, visiting the sick and imprisoned, seeking justice, showing compassion for others, and standing with the marginalized.
When we take the Two Greatest Commandments seriously, we have the responsibility to serve God by speaking out for people who are marginalized, and walking with those who are oppressed.
We commit to this process both individually and collectively. We can start first by becoming aware of the teaching of the Gospel of Christ and of contemporary issues of social justice; second by committing to assess our ministries, missions, and images in our building and our online presence; and third by taking action to strive towards equity and equality for all.
God’s love is for all...and all means all.