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Claremont United Methodist Church

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

New email addresses are now in use!

• Mark Wiley —

• Martha Morales —

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Our “.org” email addresses have been closed.


• 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

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Elizabeth Sholes writes:

"Follow the advice of the real Mother Jones!"

Dear Friends:

What we have heard today from a Congressional investigation may be one of the most troubling things our nation has ever faced. It matters not at all how you voted or whom you supported. We have evidence that another nation systematically tampered with our 2016 election, and that is a danger to our entire nation and its basic democratic process.

To preserve justice, we are now called to increase the momentum and depth of our work as people who believe in a just, moral, and democratic society. We know these revelations are shocking and painful, especially if, down the road, we find there was collusion between Russia and Amrican citizens. That would be horrific.

The must not let this defeat us in sorrow. We need to keep going, keep working, keep believing in our nation's essential justice.

We believe first in the example of Christ's courage. He knew, walking into Jerusalem knowing that he faced violence, opposition, even death. And he did it anyway. That profound courage is our guidestar.

We have examples in our modern life of those who put everything they had on the line for justice.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. knew he "may not get to the promised land" but kept on fighting for human and civil rights anyway. Dolores Huerta lost her spleen standing for farm workers while Cesar Chavez damaged his health with long fasts to send a message about the importance of justice for immigrant and local workers.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, having followed a largely quiet scholarly life and just finding the love of his life, nevertheless gave up his own life to oppose Hitler and the horrors of genocide.

In 1980 three nuns, Ita Ford, Maura Clarke, and Dorothy Kazel plus Catholic lay worker Jean Donovan, were raped and murdered as they stood for justice for the poor in El Salvador.

The "Miner's Angel", known as Mother Jones, lost her entire family in one week, taken by Yellow Fever. She turned her incredible personal sorrow into action for miners whose life was despicably hard.

And it is from her we take an important rallying call:

"Pray for the dead. Fight like hell for the living!"

We likely will never be called to sacrifice our lives as our heroes and heroines have done. But this moment in history calls us to commitment nonetheless.

We at the Council and IMPACT won't stop, no matter what the issue, whatever the opposition. We hope you will do the same.

This time in our nation's history is critical. We could lose all we cherish of our democracy, or we could win it, improve it, enlarge it, make our nation finally more inclusive and just. It's really up to us. We can mourn, or we can act. We hope you will choose the latter, howsoever you can.

It is a time of worry and sorrow, but it's also a moment for spiritual renewal and recommitment to justice.

We hope you will continue to stand with us, strong in the conviction that we can keep our nation's promise, keep the dream and hope alive.

Thank you!

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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](


Welcoming Refugees in Germany with Sarah Schulz on March 21, 2017.


Bridging Cultural Gaps through Music and Worship with Joseph Kye on Tuesday, April 18., 2017.


Coming Out as Lesbian to My Traditional Congregation with Nia Shand on May 16, 2017.


Welcoming New People to Church and Asking “Where are You From?” with Brittany Jackson Brown. Tuesday, June 13, 2017.


Welcoming Differently-abled People in Church Tuesday, July 18, 2017 with Takura Farera.


Being Bilingual in a Culture that Doesn’t Understand It Tuesday, August 15 with Prisca Rodriguez.


Mistaking Urban Decay for “Blackness” September 19 with Brittany Campagna.


How to Engage Children and Youth using Rap and Hiphop Tuesday, October 17 with Bryan Eason.


The Kind of Church I Want to Pastor Tuesday, November 14 with Jon Petty.


How the Church Must Embrace Refugees and Immigrants Tuesday, December 12 with M. Jeanette Iman’ishimwe.

2018 January

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

2018 Februaryt

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

Where We Are

•Claremont United Methodist Church

•211 W. Foothill Blvd.

•Claremont, CA 91711

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Our Pastors and Church Office

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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