Rethink Church
Worker's Rights
We’re dedicated to fairness and justice in the workplace. And we always have been.

Advocating for
Exploited Workers
Though caring about social justice has become popular among our generation, every employee receiving justice at his or her place of work is old school. We mean Bible old school. In fact, frowning on the offerings of the religious people who exploited their workers centuries ago, God announced that real religion is "to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free." That's why we believe people come before profits.
That's Church.

We're caring for trafficking victims. A member of one Florida congregation was recently named the state's "Human Trafficking Advocate of the Year" by Governor Rick Scott, having served for years as an advocate against human sex trafficking.

We're promoting practical solutions. In West Africa, the country now providing 75 percent of the world's cocoa supply, children are being forced to harvest cocoa. So our churches are educating and persuading members and communities to buy fairly traded chocolate.

We’re engaging folks outside the church. Bluff Park United Methodist Church hosted an evening for the public to learn more about "Sex Trafficking in Alabama," and they support transitional housing to women who have been trafficked locally.

Did you know that God was an advocate for worker's rights? God condemned the abusive conditions that the powerful Egyptian government imposed upon a people with less influence, setting his people free from bondage. This made God's right-hand man, Moses, one of the first labor rights organizers. Later God sent his own agents, the prophets, to decry the growing disparities of wealth and poverty.


The kind of new kingdom Jesus described is one where all people would respect one another and that everyone would receive enough. And throughout the Scriptures, God's people are urged to give special attention to widows, orphans and immigrants. According to God's good plan for people, as it's expressed in the Bible, marginalized people have the right to shape society and their own futures.


When John Wesley founded the Methodist movement during the 18th century, there was no "labor movement" the way we'd understand it today. But Wesley preached to and cared for coal miners and other oppressed workers. He also opposed slavery. After Wesley died, his followers, called Methodists, continued to work against workplace injustices in rapidly industrializing England, adopting the first Social Creed, in 1908, that dealt exclusively with labor practices.

"The fight is never about grapes or lettuce. It is always about people."



Street Pastor with a Past (UMTV)

Did you know that in the early 20th century the church was working to end child labor? And in the '50s, during our country's civil rights movement, we were fighting for fair wages and better working conditions? We were dedicated to fairness and justice in the workplace then, and we still are today.

You're invited to make a difference in the lives of those around the globe who are most vulnerable to exploitation.

As we try to live lives of integrity today, as we attempt to live well, we think that the starting place to know what that looks like goes back several thousand years. The rights of workers were important to God then, and today they're still important to God and to us.




Learn more about what The United
Methodist Church believes about
the rights of workers.





Whether your gifts are of time and
advocacy or financial, you can support
workers rights.