$24,000 Awarded in Human Relations Day Grants

March 20, 2013

Strengthen United Methodist outreach to communities, encouraging social justice and work with at-risk youths.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Directors of the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) awarded nearly $24,000 in Human Relations Day grants during their spring meeting here.
Human Relations Day is one of The United Methodist Church's six Special Sundays with offering. Human Relations Day strengthens United Methodist outreach to communities, encouraging social justice and work with at-risk youths.
GBCS distributes 10% of Human Relations Day receipts for youth-offender ministries. The General Board of Global Ministries distributes the remainder for its United Methodist Voluntary Services and Youth Rehabilitation programs.
This spring, GBCS awarded a total of $23,899 in Human Relations Day grants to three programs: two in the South Central Jurisdiction and to the United Methodist Seminar Program on National & International Affairs.
Exodus House of Oklahoma Conference's Criminal Justice Ministries, will receive $7,399. Exodus House targets persons newly released from Oklahoma prisons with only the clothes they were wearing, $200 on average and a bus ticket. Grant funding will support drug treatment, reunification with family members, legal assistance and counseling.
GBCS has supported Exodus House with funding of over $150,000 since 2006.
Human Trafficking & Domestic Violence Committee of Bethany United Methodist Church, New Orleans, will receive $2,500. Bethany UMC partners with the New Orleans Human Trafficking Working Group, a coalition of state, civil society and citizen organizers committed to the prevention of human trafficking in Greater New Orleans.
Seminars led by Bethany's Human Trafficking & Domestic Violence Committee will look for ways to address the oppression and grief of youths caught in the cycle of trafficking and determine ways the congregation can advocate for them.
Funds will support both the basic needs of trafficked youths and public prevention materials such as posters and flyers that show where youths can get help.
UM Seminar Program
United Methodist Seminar Program scholarships for racial/ethnic groups will receive $14,000. The United Methodist Seminar Program on National & International Affairs is committed to creating a learning experience unique to the goals, lived experience and context of participating groups. Seminars take place in Washington, D.C., at the United Methodist Building across the street from the U.S. Capitol.
This grant will provide scholarship assistance to youths of color to enable them to attend a seminar. Scholarship requests should be directed to Susan Burton, who directs seminar design.
Grant applications
More information and applications for grants are available on the General Board of Church & Society's Web site at GBCS grants.
More information can also be obtained by contacting the Rev. Neal Christie, GBCS assistant general secretary, Education & Leadership Development, at (202) 488-5611.

The General Board of Church & Society is one of four international general program boards of The United Methodist Church. Prime responsibility of the board is to seek implementation of the Social Principles and other policy statements on Christian social concerns of the General Conference, the denomination's highest policy-making body. The board's primary areas of ministry are Advocacy, Education & Leadership Formation, United Nations & International Affairs, and resourcing these areas for the denomination. It has offices on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York City.