The United Methodist Church embraces the Wesleyan notion of “social holiness”—the belief that our Christian faith is best realized in community, in showing love for our neighbor. At Buena Vista, the Church & Society Committee discusses and prioritizes social issues for the attention of the congregation. This ministry incubator receives resources from the UMC Board of Church and Society, which is headquartered in Washington D.C.
Over the past 15 years, the Church & Society Committee has helped launch Buena Vista ministries in the areas of immigration, Palestinian rights, and LGBTQIA+ inclusion—ministries that continue in now-independent committees or community partnerships. Throughout 2020, Church & Society is hosting a series of educational presentations and discussions about anti-black racism and faith-based anti-racism work.
C&S chair: Nikki Salde-Azzam