Social Gospel

Woodlake UMC seeks to make the love of Jesus accessible to people of all races, colors, national origins, ethnicities, ages, genders, disabilities, economic conditions, sexual orientations, gender identities, or religious affiliation. We affirm that no identity or culture has more legitimacy than any other. We affirm all persons as equally valuable in the sight of God. We therefore work toward societies in which each person’s value is recognized, maintained, and strengthened. 


Check the Virginia UMC Conference webpage for ways United Methodists are gathering online and in-person to do the difficult work of dismantling racism. Find an event to attend or watch the video of one that has already occurred.



by Reverend Delano Douglas at Woodlake UMC

Pastor Gordon, May 31, 2020 | June 7, 2020

The African American: Many Rivers to Cross

PBS via Amazon Prime Video or Cable Providers

Reconstruction: America After the Civil War

•PBS via Cable Providers

The Uncomfortable Truth

Amazon Prime Video

Birth of a Movement

Amazon Prime Video

Interview between the Reverend Chip Edens and the Reverend Dr. Rodney Sadler, an African-American professor of Bible at Union Presbyterian Seminary and social justice advocate. 

Liberty and Slavery: The Paradox of America's Founding Fathers

Amazon Prime Video


The Annual C.S. Lewis Lecture at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga by the late Verna Dozier. Born in Washington, DC, her parents deeply influenced her passion for education and her deep Biblical faith. She received a BA and an MA in English from Howard University and went on to teach in public schools for the next 32 years. Well after her retirement, Dozier was deeply involved in the study of the Bible and Christian education. During this time, not only was she an educator, Dozier was also an activist. In her teaching, she would often use stories about racism and other social issues. Having grown up under Jim Crow, she was an advocate of oppressed people throughout society and the Church. 


Questions and Answers from the Social Principles (pdf) – As part on an ongoing effort to inform all Methodist members and friends of our denominational stance on equality, fairness and justice for all people, the information in the link is presented in Question and Answer format.

Tour Group

Virginians Speak: 

 A Dialogue on Police Reform, Community and  Law Enforcement in Virginia.


The first of several discussions between VA UMC Bishop Sharma Lewis, Attorney General, Mark Herring and local Sherriffs. 


Tuesday, August 11  |  7-8pm


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Chesterfield, VA 23832

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