Claremont United Methodist Church
Contact Our Pastors and Church Office
Our new toll-free phone number: 844-251-6335
New email addresses are now in use!
• Mark Wiley — firstname.lastname@example.org
—Lead Pastor, phone 909-624-9021 ext 224
• Martha Morales — email@example.com
—Associate Pastor, phone 909-624-9021 ext 231
• Jessica Johnston, MDiv — firstname.lastname@example.org
—Church Administrator, phone 909-624-9021
Our “.org” email addresses have been closed.
Sunday Worship on Sundays after Easter
• 9:30 a.m
• 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 email@example.com
Upcoming Immigration Clinic — 28 April 2018 at the church
Click on the image at left for informaton about Bishop Oliveto's new book. Join a seminar about the new book by clicking to this website of the United Methodist Association of Retired Clergy (formed to support Bishop Oliveto in her Episcopal Area). The date for the gathering (not on the website) is April 14th.
Our own Pam Bunce, a member of CalPacNIC (Neighborhood Immigration Clinics), draws our attention to the March 15 edition of the "The Catalyst"
"The Catalyst" is the Conference email newsletter. It features an article by Mayra Núñez Olivera, Citizenship Assistance Project Coordinator for our California-Pacific Annual Conference about recent inhumane acctions and illegal actions by ICE and our local UMC response in this Conference. Myra has directed many of our Claremont UMC immigration clinics.
You can always view "The Catalyst"" from our church website link to tihe Conference archive or link directly from here for the March 15 edition.
GCORR* and CUMC's COSROW* on Celebrating National Women’s History Month
March is National Women’s History Month. This year’s theme “embodies women working together with strength, tenacity and courage to overcome obstacles and achieve joyful accomplishments”:
“NEVERTHELESS SHE PERSISTED:
Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women“
Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women“
COSROW/CORR* therefore invites CUMC to highlight the contributions women have made to society, by challenging “acts of discrimination against women.” Women AND men alike are invited to share your stories, or the stories of your wives, mothers, grandmothers, daughters, aunts, nieces, cousins and sisters.
Stories should be limited to 450 words and a photograph should be included. Please deliver them electronically and at your earliest convenience to the Church office firstname.lastname@example.org and to Maisie Dawes at MDawes@westernu.edu or click here to mail to both at once. Submissions will be accepted through Wednesday, March 28, 2018.
Stories will be featured on the Narthex television and CUMC website.
*COSROW/CORR = General Commission on Religion and Race; Commission on the Status and Role of Women; Commission on Religion and Race
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
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 email@example.com or (909) 447-2535 to make a gift to Bishop’s Scholarship or contribute online: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/bjordan
UMCOR stands ready to help those facing disaster.
•Use this link to provide relief for victims of wild fires and Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands).
•This link is for international relief, e.g., damage from Mexico's earthquakes, the Carribean hurricanes or West African mudslides.
By identifying your church by zip code and name, your gift can be credited back to Claremont UMC and the California Pacific Annual Conference.
Check out the article UMCOR is there for the long haul after disasters!
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
ICUJP invites you to watch a video about Peace Kids: A Youth Leadership and Peace Education Camp in South LA. (Click on image below.)
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.
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."
Keep up with California IMPACT and Calfornia Council of Churches emails ON THIS PAGE!
SOJOURNERS appeals to us: "Tell Congress: Save DACA and support the DREAM Act" and offers this opportunity to register our concern thorugh their weblink.
"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.
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"
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.
Reconciling Minstries Network publishes conference-by-conference report on gender-related issues and RMN presence at all U.S. annual conferences.
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:
U.S. Independence Day
Reconciling Ministries' Presence at Calremont 4th of July Parade
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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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
The General Commission on Religion and Race
of The United Methodist Church
again invites you to “Vital Conversations” beginning February 7, 2017.
of The United Methodist Church
again invites you to “Vital Conversations” beginning February 7, 2017.
— 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
• Correlation Between Environmental Racism and Gentrification in Urban Areas Tuesday, January 16, 2018 with Rev. Tyler Sit and Adam Haugeberg.
• Helping White Christians Understand and Support BlackLivesMatter Tuesday, February 6, 2018 with Rev. Jasper Peters.
United Methodist Women acknowledge guns factor into domestic violence
Our Mission Statement
- We nurture one another on our spiritual journeys.
- We work for peace and justice.
- We serve others and God’s creation.
—Adopted by CUMC Church Council, 2009
We are part of the CalPac Conference
We are a Sanctuary Congregation
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 will...be 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
We Affirm God’s Covenant with the Jewish People
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.
- To oppose demagoguery, manipulation, and image making that seeks to label Arabs and Muslims in a negative way;
- To counter stereotypical and bigoted statements made against Muslims and Islam, Arabs and Arabic culture;
- To increase knowledge of neighbor by study and personal contact that yield a greater appreciation of the Muslim and Arabic contributions to society;
- To act decisively to include Arabs and Muslims in interfaith and community organizations;
- To pray for the perfection of community among us and to participate fully in the process of bringing it into being; and
- 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.”