Austin District Amos Commission
Our Mission is to empower and equip members of each United Methodist congregation in the Austin District to influence public policy in ways that are consistent with the Gospel and the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church. The Amos Commission's goal is to provide churches with resources to do advocacy and justice work. The site will provide access to speakers, trainers, training programs, web resources, lists of advocacy and community action organizations throughout Texas and the United States. The intent is to enable every United Methodist to become passionate about doing justice, going beyond charity, to change systems, and to bring God's Kingdom here on earth.
Please send us your justice story! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your own story of how you or your faith community has organized and/or taken action to address an injustice.
Right here in Austin Texas is a remarkable example of the power of God’s people, working together to enable the poor to help themselves. They deployed a powerful method found in the Bible called community organizing.
“Connie Gonzales has learned that there are two kinds of power: Money and organized votes.
She doesn’t have much money. But she has learned how to harness the power of organized votes. And she likes the results.
“It feels good to feel that power,” Gonzales said. She doesn’t feel helpless any more.
Gonzales and her neighbors at Plainview Estates, most of whom are parishioners at Santa Barbara Catholic Parish, learned about people power through training they received from Austin Interfaith.
Through their organized efforts ………
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The Bible is littered with stories of how people organized their communities and used their power to build justice, provide community resources and overcome prejudice and suffering. This is how justice was achieved.
Nehemiah, persuaded King Artaxerxes to release him to perform a sacred … [Read More]
This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another’.
The effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.