Social Principles

The Rev. Katie Newsome explores the significance of United Methodist social guidelines, along with anticipation of the revised Social Principles coming before the 2020 General Conference. Read more

UMC Future 2 Comments

Global revision produces a teachable document and resource for ministry for the entire church. Read more

UMC Future

United Methodist program boards and agencies have been working for many years on caring for God's creation and reducing harmful climate change. Read more

Disasters and Climate Change 4 Comments

Discipline Wesley

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Whether one favors any of the current future proposals, there's still time to shape the church through different legislation, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

Jeremy Smith 2 Comments

Leaders and staff of the General Board of Church and Society traveled to Harare, Zimbabwe for a listening session to hear ideas from United Methodists there on how the Social Principles could be more globally focused. Read more

Global Nature

A proposed revision of The Social Principles, intended to make them more global in scope, is now available for feedback. Read more

Advocating Justice 2 Comments

The General Conference tasked Church and Society to revise the Social Principles. The process is ongoing and has included conversations with United Methodists around the world. One United Methodist reflects on her experience. Read more

Global Nature

Atomic Cloud over Hiroshima

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Professor Brian Snyder says that Christians must reject the nuclear threat of the saber-rattling between the USA and North Korea. Read more


The militant god promoted this week by some religious leaders doesn't look like the God embodied by Jesus in the New Testament, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

Practicing Faith

Team convenors for revision of the United Methodist Social Principles met in May with Church and Society staff to begin the task approved by the 2016 General Conference. Read more

Advocating Justice

Retro tech

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Concepts in a proposed church identity document that are filtering through other developing works seem to hold hope for fostering unity and avoiding schism in The United Methodist Church, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

Perspectives 8 Comments

Wichita Aldersgate

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Church member Deb Umberger tells why her congregation, Aldersgate United Methodist in Wichita, formed a new group to put the denomination's social principles into action. Read more

Advocating Justice

Future Prospects Part 3

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In Part 3 of "Future Prospects," a four-part series on how the 2016 General Conference has reshaped The United Methodist Church, Darryl W. Stephens looks at efforts to change the American-centered Social Principles into a truly global faith statement Read more

GC Archive

Social Justice

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Adapting United Methodism's Social Principles for a global understanding poses a tremendous challenge, but also presents a unique opportunity for creating a genuine worldwide forum on Christian ethics, writes Darryl W. Stephens. Read more

GC Archive

Pat McCrory

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The Rev. Dr. William C. Trench finds that North Carolina's new law requiring transgender people to use cisgender-assigned public restrooms harms a group of people already wounded by society's dualistic gender roles. Read more

Advocating Justice

Social Principles

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A briefing for delegates, communicators and observers in Portland, Ore., finds top issues will include an alternative decision-making process, human sexuality and structure, budget, and global expressions of church policies. Read more

GC Archive

Cote d'Ivoire Delegation

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United Methodism's struggle to achieve a "worldwide nature" has parallels to the Anglican Communion, as well as roots in a recent merger with Cote d'Ivoire, writes scholar Darryl W. Stephens. Read more

Global Nature

Social Principles Drafting

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Our radically altered world today warrants new transformative mission principles, says the Rev. Jacob Dharmaraj, who is helping to revise United Methodism's Social Principles. Read more

Global Nature

Discipline Cover

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The preamble to the United Methodist Social Principles prompts the Rev. John Meunier to ponder an age-old question: what is truth, and can we base our unity upon it? Read more

Perspectives 2 Comments

The Rev. Chris Ritter critiques a proposal from the Connectional Table to keep the UMC's anti-LGBT language but removal penalties for clergy who violate the stances. Read more

Global Nature

  • Social Revision 3

    The Rev. Sharon Austin, Florida Conference director of Connectional and Justice Ministries, and Carla Works, professor at Wesley Theological Seminary, work on the Revised Social Principles during a writing session in Washington. (Photo courtesy of United Methodist Board of Church and Society.)