Church & Society

Our faith and commitment

Following in the steps of John Wesley, we believe that God’s love is active in the world, and that we are called to ally ourselves with this love in service to God and others, creating justice, liberation, and peace wherever they are absent. In prayer and humility we strive to understand God’s will for creation and to take action whenever the values taught by our Savior Jesus Christ are violated, no matter how controversial and complex the issue. And we are guided by the wisdom of the church as we think and act in this world into which we were born and are inescapably a part, ever vulnerable to its contagions but steadfastly accepting our stewardship of its destiny.

For more information about the mission of Church and Society within the United Methodist Church, go to: General UMC website for Church & Society

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Church & Society supports the following service groups:

Ecumenical Center for International Residence
The Ecumenical Center and International Residence (ECIR) is an intentional living-learning community for students and visiting scholars from around the world.

Religious Action for Affordable Housing
RAAH  is an alliance of over 35 congregations and individuals of many faiths, united for the common purpose of improving the supply of permanent affordable housing in Washtenaw County, Michigan.

Rainbow Crossing
Rainbow Crossing is a growing ministry within our church, dedicated to ensuring that all persons are fully accepted as faithful members in our church. This group was established to be a supportive community for persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or allies (LGBTQ).

Cass Community Social Services
Cass Community Social Services (CCSS) is a human service agency in Detroit that works with the hungry, homeless, seniors, unemployed, “at-risk” youth, the mentally ill, developmentally disabled, persons with HIV/AIDS and Alzheimer’s, and operates two free medical clinics. See this organization’s annual report for 2012: Cover and interior pages.


In addition to the organizations and ministries above, please visit the following links to investigate information and efforts around human trafficking:

Professor Tiya Miles was the Wesley Foundation Henry Loud Lecturer on September 20, 2015.
Listen to a podcast of the lecture

Within her lecture professor Miles shared information about the following organizations: