OnFire: the young united methodist justice movement | OnFire Mission and Vision

Original Posting At http://umonfire.blogspot.com/2012/01/onfire-mission-and-vision.html


Happy 2012! To start off the new year, we thought it would be a good idea to share the new OnFire Mission and Vision statements, designed to give us some direction as we go forward in this new year. Please feel free to leave feedback in the comments section and keep your eyes open for our new logo.

Peace and blessings to you all in this new year!

-OnFire Leadership Team
Sara Bayles
Eric Burton-Krieger
Shannon Sullivan
Jen Tyler

Calling/Mission:
OnFire is a movement of progressive young adults, following Christ’s example of love, towards the transformation of our church and world.

Direction/Vision:
OnFire participates in transformation by connecting young adults to one another, creating opportunities for education, and mobilizing them to work for justice.

OnFire's Goals and Objectives:
  • Connecting Young Adults – build a network of localized groups and individuals engaged in the work of Christ, working together for justice and transformation though the sharing of resources and ideas.
  • Opportunities for Education – provide resources and build relationships through experiential educational programs, justice-oriented workshops, our blog, and other opportunities that strengthen and clarify commitments to justice that follow Christ's teachings.
  • Mobilizing for Justice - empower local groups and individuals to stand for justice within our church and world through coalition building with like-minded organizations and individuals.


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Sara Bayles is a senior majoring in Political Science and Religious Studies with a minor in Gender Studies and Honors Interdisciplinary Thesis focused on Social Justice within American Feminism. She is planning to attend seminary in fall 2012.

Eric Burton-Krieger is a co-facilitator for OnFire in addition to being a spouse, recent graduate of Vanderbilt Divinity School, and a candidate for ordination in the West Michigan Conference. He's on staff at Brentwood United Methodist Church and, if you happen to be in Nashville, would love to buy you a cup of coffee!

Shannon Sullivan is a seminary student at Drew in Madison, New Jersey, and is pursuing ordination in the Baltimore-Washington Conference. She is also a member of the OnFire leadership team. She blogs at You'll Never Guess What the Heathens Did Today.

Jen Tyler is a co-facilitator for OnFire as a part of her role as the Associate for Movement Building at MFSA. Jen is appointed to MSFA as a General Board of Global Ministries Mission Intern. She has a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and is a member of the Dakotas Annual Conference, where she is pursuing ordination as an Elder in The United Methodist Church.

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