Church and Society

Church & Society
At Barrington United Methodist Church, we strive to inspire, encourage and invigorate BUMC's congregants to more fully understand, embrace and live out the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church and to connect BUMC’s ministries of charity and mercy to justice through:

Awareness:  Raising awareness of timely societal issues and providing a welcoming forum for inclusive, nonjudgmental, balanced discussions with a focus on the Biblical and Wesleyan foundations, grounded in the Social Principles.

Advocacy:  Helping members find ways to use their voices to advocate for social justice, including connections to governmental officials and not-for-profit organizations who share our values.

Action:  Promoting and supporting congregational participation in existing mission opportunities and projects with an emphasis on recognizing and confronting the underlying justice issues that create systems that result in inequity and oppression. Identifying and advocating for societal issues or additional mission opportunities suggested by Church & Society or our congregation; providing a wide variety of ways for individuals and groups to participate at various commitment levels and comfort zones.

Below you are invited to explore some of the issues that are important to us.

General Board of Church and Society

National Council of Churches

The following list includes local actions aligned with our principles:

Go Green Barrington

Faith in Place

Barrington Moms Demand Action

A Christian Response to Refugees Seeking Asylum


Advance Care Planning
Church and Society has made efforts to support church members plan in advance for medical decision making. We offer training on Advance Care planning to offer thoughtful medical decision making instructions for loved ones while one still has decision-making capacity. These completed Advance Care documents help loved ones know that they are following your wishes when you can no longer make them for yourself. The website offers details on this process. For more information, to request training or if you have questions, please contact

Church and Society also offers education on preparing instructions to help loved ones navigate arrangements and estate details once one has died. Below is a template created by member Gretchen Ludwig for her loved ones prior to her passing in 2019.