Our calling

Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) is a national progressive social justice nonprofit organization that mobilizes clergy and laity within The United Methodist Church to take action on issues of peace, poverty and people’s rights within the church, the nation and the world.

Working primarily through the ministries of the United Methodist Church, MFSA supports and augments peace and justice ministries at the local, conference, and national levels. As an independent organization, we call our church to expand its understanding of the radical call of the Gospel to be the inclusive, justice-seeking, risk-taking Body of Christ.

We believe that to be faithful witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus Christ is to be involved in the transformation of the social order.

We are accountable to our Board of Directors and are supported entirely by annual memberships and contributions. MFSA is not an official United Methodist body but an unofficial caucus group.

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Our priorities

LGBTQIA Justice

The Federation supports the belief that God's love is meant for all, and that all are created in God's image. Lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual and all are part of God's ...

Intersectional Organizing

All experiences of marginalization and injustice are interconnected. Therefore, we integrate all our work through intersectional organizing principles

Economic justice

Economic justice, through supporting the rights of workers and critiquing the prevailing social order, was the primary focus of the Federation during its first several decades of the 20th century.

Gender justice

MFSA believes all gender identities are beautiful and created in God’s image and are to be treated equitably. Gender justice is key in addressing poverty issues around the world where women are often times seen as less than to men and given less economic, educational, and life opportunities. MFSA works alongside partners to advocate for equity of all gender identities both within and beyond The United Methodist Church.

Racial justice

MFSA is committed to dismantling the sin of racism which has been so embedded in our societies through our systems and policies. We seek to hold ourselves and each other accountable for the many ways we have centered white voices and continue to ignore the voices of communities of color. We seek to find ways to operationalize racial justice and racial equity in our organization, denomination, nation, and the world. We are committed to

Reproductive justice

MFSA supports the belief that women's health is a basic human right and women, not politicians, should make their health decisions. Limitations on choice for women create economic hardship for families and have an unjust impact on those who struggle economically.

Climate justice

MFSA works for climate justice within and beyond The United Methodist Church because as Christians we are caretakers of and called to care for all of God’s creation as stated in The United Methodist Church's Book of Discipline which says, “All creation is the Lord’s, and we are responsible for the ways in which we use and abuse it. Water, air, soil, minerals, energy resources, plants, animal life, and space are to be valued and conserved because they are God’s creation and not solely because they are useful to human beings.

Peace building

Peace building has long been a priority of MFSA. As early as 1918, the Federation vigorously defended the rights of conscientious objectors during the First World War. MFSA also advocated and took action to end the US occupation of Iraq. Our understanding of peace includes a commitment to nonviolent action for justice.

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