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Claremont United Methodist Church

Where We Are

•211 W. Foothill Blvd.

•Claremont, CA 91711

•View Address in Google Maps

Contact Our Pastors and Church Office

Our new toll-free phone number: 844-251-6335

New email addresses are now in use!

• Mark Wiley —

—Lead Pastor, phone 909-624-9021 ext 224

• Martha Morales —

—Associate Pastor, phone 909-624-9021 ext 231

• Jessica Johnston, MDiv —

—Church Administrator, phone 909-624-9021

Our “.org” email addresses have been closed.

Sunday Worship

• 9:30 a.m

Sunday school

• children leave from worship

• adults ~ 10:30 a.m.

Children's Music Program

• ~10:30 a.m.

Calling ALL Parents / Caregivers / Families / Others **

• ~ 10:50 a.m.

Other Weekly Events

•Choirs, Music, Dance & Theater programs for children & adults

•Study & Fellowship Groups

•Preschool for ages 2-5

•Service & Social Witness Events

** Calling ALL Parents/Caregivers / Families / Others!

Let’s gather on Sunday mornings at 10:50! All adults (those who have children and those who don't) are invited to join us on the patio (outside the Narthex) to eat, fellowship, discuss, chat, lament … COME and we will figure out together how to make our time together meaningful. Contact: Sara Swift Tharp

"The Gospel of Mark according to Mark" — Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

// February 21 // February 28 // March 7 //

// March 14 // March 21 // March 28 //

Download the brochure with topics for each week here.

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Council of Bishops speaks out against President's Racism

January 12, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, issued a statement today on behalf of the Council concerning remarks reported to have been made by President Donald Trump regarding immigrants. The statement follows:

We are appalled by the offensive, disgusting words attributed to President Donald Trump who is said to have referred to immigrants from African countries and Haiti, and the countries themselves, in an insulting and derogative manner. According to various media accounts, President Trump made the remarks during a White House discussion with lawmakers on immigration.

As reported, President Trump’s words are not only offensive and harmful, they are racist.

We call upon all Christians, especially United Methodists, to condemn this characterization and further call for President Trump to apologize.

As United Methodists, we cherish our brothers and sisters from all parts of the world and we believe that God loves all creation regardless of where they live or where they come from. As leaders of our global United Methodist Church, we are sickened by such uncouth language from the leader of a nation that was founded by immigrants and serves as a beacon to the world’s “huddled masses longing to be free.”

Thousands of our clergy, laity and other highly skilled, productive citizens are from places President Trump has defamed with his comments. The fact that he also insists the United States should consider more immigrants from Europe and Asia demonstrates the racist character of his comments. This is a direct contradiction of God’s love for all people. Further, these comments on the eve of celebrating Martin Luther King Day belies Dr. King's witness and the United States’ ongoing battle against racism.

We just celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ, whose parents during his infancy, had to flee to Africa to escape from the wrath of King Herod. Millions of immigrants across the globe are running away from such despicable and life-threatening events. Hence, we have the Christian duty to be supportive of them as they flee political, cultural and social dangers in their native homes.

We will not stand by and allow our brothers and sisters to be maligned in such a crude manner. We call on all United Methodists, all people of faith, and the political leadership of the United States to speak up and speak against such demeaning and racist comments.

Christ reminds us that it is by love that they will know that we are Christians. Let’s demonstrate that love for all of God’s people by saying no to racism; no to discrimination and no to bigotry.

Bishop Bruce R. Ough
Council of Bishops
The United Methoidst Church

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Here’s What Unites Us: A Common Call to Address Racism and Poverty

Jim Wallus of Sojourners challenges us as Americans and world citizens to turn our attention to addressing issues of racism and poverty as a sign of our unity.

"Agenda" speaker addresses Martin Luther King's commitment to radical reform

Professor Peter Dreier of Occidental College will speak in Claremont on April 15 as a part of the series "Agenda for a Prophetic Faith"" On the occasion of Dr Martin Luther King's birthday he has published this article in the Huffington Post.


"Bread for the World" offers devtional

The U.S. political advocacy group for the hungry, Bread for the World, offers the following devotional guide for the year as a free download. Clickl on the title to download "In Times Like These ... A Pan-African Christian Devotional for Public Policy Engagement" by The Rev. Dr. Angelique Walker-Smith, Senior Associate for Pan-African and Orthodox Church Engagement, Bread for the World, directly from the program's website.

The Bishop Charles Wesley Jordan Scholarship

Bishop Charles Wesley Jordan has been called “an empowerer of people; a tireless human-rights advocate; and a doer of the Word.” For decades, he led local churches, global initiatives, and various general boards of the United Methodist Church. After serving as resident bishop of the Iowa Area for eight years, Bishop Jordan retired from active episcopal assignment, and joined Claremont School of Theology as Bishop-in-Residence until May 2016. With his blessing, CST is establishing the Bishop Charles Wesley Jordan Scholarship. Bishop Jordan has been a leader among leaders, yet remained grounded in his deep passion for lifting up others. For 15 years at CST, he empowered future pastors and through them he will continue to shape our future churches. With your generous contribution, the Bishop Charles Wesley Jordan Scholarship will be awarded yearly to an African American student who intends to go into pastoral ministry. The minimum amount needed to endow the scholarship is $50,000; our goal is $150,000.

Please prayerfully consider joining his family, colleagues, churches, and friends in honoring Bishop Jordan and empowering future generations of students who will continue his legacy of bold pastoral ministry. Contact Sharalyn Hamilton at or (909) 447-2535 to make a gift to Bishop’s Scholarship or contribute online:

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UMCOR stands ready to help those facing disaster.

UMCOR Update as of last Board meering

As hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and wild fires devastate people and communities around the globe, UMCOR responds through disaster response coordination efforts, assessment, training, and relief and recovery grants. Below are just a few of the grants approved by the UMCOR board.
Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church $1,000,000
Louisiana Conference of The United Methodist Church $500,000
Methodist Church of Puerto Rico $100,000
Rio Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church $816,418
Texas Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church $1,000,000
* Further information about UMCOR Board decisions
UMCOR is also working with Bishop Hector Ortiz, episcopal leader of the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico and Global Ministries board member, to assess the relief and recovery work needed. Learn more here

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(St. Thomas Episcopal Church, NYC)

Reflecting on the 13th Immigration Clinic, December 9, 2017

Pam Bunce, chair of the event, has written:
"Last Saturday was a very good day. Thank you all for making it so. Mayra emailed me the final count, and a total of fourteen people were assisted; nine for citizenship and five for consultations.
"It is always gratifying, and humbling, to talk to people as they are leaving. When asked if they got the help they needed, the overwhelming reply is 'Yes.' The gratitude expressed is truly heartwarming.
"We haven't set the date for the next clinic, but I'm hoping it will be somewhere toward the middle or end of April."

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ICUJP invites you to watch a video about Peace Kids: A Youth Leadership and Peace Education Camp in South LA. (Click on image below.)

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The ICUJP Peace Kids Internship has been created for students from South Los Angeles between the ages of 15 and 18 to give them an opportunity to learn and grow their community organizing skills while being directly mentored by ICUJP members. Youth interns also receive a small stipend, some scholarship funds, work experience, and recommendations for college and careers.

Partnered with landmark institutions such as the Peace Kids/Peace Camp/Youth Leadership, the ICUJP Peace Kids program strives to uplift students while providing comprehensive education from a peacemaking perspective: a global peace education with an emphasis on developing the next generation of community change agents.

It is related to the United University Church in LA, a joint United Methodist / Presbyterian congregaiton. Thr congtregation is both a "More Ligiht" Presyberian church and a United Methodist Reonciling Congregagion.

Contact Jim Dwyer 347-213-5029 for further information.

The Church Council recently voted to support internships at the Peace Center. Churh and Society and Missions Commission will be working on a presentation to the ongregatoin for funding.

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You can view provisions of new state law SB54, the" California Values Act", to protect undocumented immigrants (and others mistakenly identified as such) from certain police and ICE procedures. The law was signed by the governor on October 5, 2017.

Information on The United Methodist Church's views on contraception

• An article from UM Communications at the time of the Obama administration's insurance mandate: "Religious liberty, the church and the pill"
• From the Social Principles — The Nurturing Community — a sentence from the discussion of abortion: "The Church shall encourage ministries to reduce unintended pregnancies such as comprehensive, age-appropriate sexuality education, advocacy in regard to contraception, and support of initiatives that enhance the quality of life for all women and girls around the globe."

The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women invites you to take the 2017 UMC Sexual Harassment Survey. Click here to go directly to the survey.

Keep up with California IMPACT and Calfornia Council of Churches emails ON THIS PAGE!

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SOJOURNERS appeals to us: "Tell Congress: Save DACA and support the DREAM Act" and offers this opportunity to register our concern thorugh their weblink.

United Methodist Women stands with Dreamers

"We decry the maddening uncertainty that the DACA rescission revives for vulnerable immigrant youth." The webpage offers a call to specific actions each United Methodist Woman —and man! — and take.

Faith groups overwhelmingly condemn Trump’s decision to phase out DACA

Among a long list of faith leaders, these two Uinited Methodist voices:

•The Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, The General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church:

“God calls us to welcome the migrant. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a critical first step to fixing our broken immigration system and loving the sojourner. The recent halt to this policy, and any efforts to rescind these protections, are not only unconscionable but contrary to moral work and witness. Any reforms to the U.S. immigration system must affirm the worth, dignity, and inherent value and rights of migrants. The United Methodist Church stands with DACA recipients, their families, and the entire immigrant community, and we will continue to work for just and compassionate immigration policies that acknowledge the dignity of all people.”

•The Rev. John L. McCullough, United Methodist Clergy and President and CEO of Church World Service:

“It is deeply disappointing and hurtful to see that our President has decided to turn his back on hardworking and deserving immigrant youth and members of our congregations. Communities of faith believe in our call to welcome our immigrant brothers and sisters. By rescinding DACA, President Trump has done the exact opposite. CWS calls on the faith community to condemn this shameful and unacceptable position and work side-by-side with DREAMers to realize the welcome God commands us to fulfill.”

The American Friends Service Committee

challenges us to offer "Sanctuary Everywhere"

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Dr. Christine McGinn, the former Navy surgeon, offers free surgery.

Dr. McGinn, featured in the film "Trans" shown here last September, has offered to provide free surgeries to transgender persons in the military in response to the President's tweets attempting to ban them from the millary alleging high medical costs.

Check out the arctile in the HuffPost among other news sources.

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Reconciling Minstries Network publishes conference-by-conference report on gender-related issues and RMN presence at all U.S. annual conferences.

Find their report here

We are encouraged to see a group from all five U.S. jurisdictions describing iself as "the Methodist middle" calling for a church which allows room for people to hold divergent points of view on vital issues whiie still unting to bear witness to a traditonal Methodist stance of inclusion and service in he world. You can find their call in this article from United Methodist News Service:

‘Methodist middle’ committed to living together

U.S. Independence Day

Reconciling Ministries' Presence at Calremont 4th of July Parade

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Reflections on the 4th of July in the light of the U.S President's recent reference to Frederick Douglass.

"Blow-by-Blow" from the 2017 Session of the California-Pacific Annual Conference.

You can read the minutes of each of the four days of the Annual Conference Session (or download them) by clikcking the links below to the "U.M.Daily." If you would prefer to downlaod (or read) a single file, a compilation is also available with the same content.

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Further issues of the conference newsletter always available on our website here or you may go directly to the Conference's newsletter archive.

Videos of Conference Worship, including the ordination of Martha and Robin, are or will soon be available at the conference website.

New from "Religion and Race": Religion and Race Announces 2017 CORR Action Fund Grant

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The General Commission on Religion and Race
of The United Methodist Church
again invites you to “Vital Conversations” beginning February 7, 2017.

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Vital Conversations 3:
Young Adults, Social Justice and the Church

— a 14 part series designed to spark grassroots engagement and features study guides for each video talk that help small groups and individuals delve deeper into social issues.

The presenters are aged 35 or younger and are activists, theologians, preachers, musicians, dancers, seminarians, and business entrepreneurs from Africa, Germany and the US. Each talks about the search for arenas that welcome, respect and engage expressions of faith, spirituality, ideals and community action.

Upcoming Conversations for #vitalconvo with the UMC's General Commission on Religion and Race

(Previous conversations can be accessed from the [GCORR website](

Correlation Between Environmental Racism and Gentrification in Urban Areas Tuesday, January 16, 2018 with Rev. Tyler Sit and Adam Haugeberg.

2018 February

Helping White Christians Understand and Support BlackLivesMatter Tuesday, February 6, 2018 with Rev. Jasper Peters.

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United Methodist Women acknowledge guns factor into domestic violence

Read the article on Religion News

Our Mission Statement

As followers of Jesus Christ, we are an inclusive community, responding to God’s love and grace.
  • We nurture one another on our spiritual journeys.
  • We work for peace and justice.
  • We serve others and God’s creation.
Together we seek God’s creative transformation of the world and of individual hearts.

—Adopted by CUMC Church Council, 2009

We are part of the CalPac Conference

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The vision statement of California Pacific Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church: “Inspiring the world as passionate followers of Jesus Christ so all may experience God’s life-giving love.”

We are a Sanctuary Congregation

Sanctuary Statement

April 21, 1985

Since we are called by God to seek justice for all people and to provide food for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, hospitality for the sojourner, and aid for those in great need;

Since large numbers of persons from war-torn lands are now seeking refuge in our country from persecution, imprisonment, or death;

Since the right[s] of such refugees are recognized by the highest ideals of this nation as expressed in the 1968 ratification by the United States Senate of the United Nations protocol relating to refugees, and again in our Refugee Act of 1980;

Since the 1984 General Conference of the United Methodist Church stated, "We supportive of and encourage churches in the United States that provide sanctuary;"

And since, in speaking of Christians engaged in the sanctuary movement, our own bishop, Jack M. Tuell, said. "We believe these brothers and sisters are acting out of Christian love and compassion. They are doing this service in non-violent and open ways, and we fully support them;"

Therefore, we stand with churches throughout the country in publicly declaring that it is the policy of the Claremont United Methodist Church to provide sanctuary, insofar as we are able, to refugees who are recommended to us by denominational or ecumenical agencies, and who are fleeing from persecution or violence in Central America and elsewhere. We define sanctuary for such refugees as providing shelter, sustenance, and assistance in other personal and family problems they may face in relationship to their new environment and the regulations of our government This we consider an obligation laid upon us by the Christian faith we profess.

We uphold the right of individuals within the church to follow their consciences in either going beyond or dissenting from the stand here taken by the church as a whole. We hold all such individuals in love and respect and we rejoice in the deeper ties that unite us in Christian devotion.

(Resolution passed by the membership of the Claremont United Methodist Church on April 21, 1985.)

We are a Reconciling Congregation

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As faithful disciples of Jesus and His teachings, we advocate for the full inclusion and acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons and their families in the church and community.

We Affirm God’s Covenant with the Jewish People

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The Claremont United Methodist Church publicly states its affirmation that Judaism is a continuing bulwark of faith, that it has not been superseded by Christianity, that God has not rejected the Jewish people, that the Jewish people have never lost their covenant with God, that salvation is available to Jews as a covenant people, that the Jews as an historic nation are not responsible for, and therefore not to be blamed for, the death of Jesus, and that Jews should not be pressured to convert to Christianity
Furthermore, we state that anti-Judaism in ail forms should be universally condemned. We ask forgiveness for past sins and persecutions against the Jewish people. We pray that old barriers to communication and understanding will be removed and that the relationships of this church with the congregation of the local Jewish community will be enhanced.

Approved by the Administrative Board, 1/19/1993.

As part of the United Methodist Church we Respect Islam and Oppose Discrimination against Muslims.

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“The United Methodist Church, in the knowledge that Jesus calls us to the blessings of peacemaking and reminds us that the highest law is to love God and neighbor, calls its members and its leaders:
  1. To oppose demagoguery, manipulation, and image making that seeks to label Arabs and Muslims in a negative way;
  2. To counter stereotypical and bigoted statements made against Muslims and Islam, Arabs and Arabic culture;
  3. To increase knowledge of neighbor by study and personal contact that yield a greater appreciation of the Muslim and Arabic contributions to society;
  4. To act decisively to include Arabs and Muslims in interfaith and community organizations;
  5. To pray for the perfection of community among us and to participate fully in the process of bringing it into being; and
  6. To publicly denounce through statements from the Council of Bishops and the General Board of Church and Society current practices that discriminate against this community.”
Excerpted from 2012 United Methodist Book of Resolutions, Social Principles, ¶ 162B Cf. ”What We Believe”
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