“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)
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)
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