Abolition of Torture

Torture in any form, whether psychological or physical, is dehumanizing to the victim and to the perpetrator. For the victim, the mental and physical scars can last a lifetime. The psychological effects can include insomnia, nightmares, memory loss, depression and post traumatic stress disorder. For the perpetrator, there is a... read more»


The early work of the Methodist men and women who recognized that alcoholism was destructive to people and seized the critical issue of alcohol prevention during the early part of the twentieth century paved the way for the current public policy work on alcohol. Do not get drunk with wine,... read more»

Budgets and Taxes

How we spend our money - as individuals, congregations, and communities - is a reflection on who and what we value. Likewise, the federal budget is a statement of our nation's shared priorities - how we use the abundance God has given us to live into a vision of... read more»


Advocating for the children of the world is a priority of the General Board of Church & Society. As people of faith, we are called to care for the least of these. We do so by working toward the elimination of all forms of discrimination and oppression of children, and... read more»

Clean Water

We live on a planet that is covered by water - a sacred and abundant gift from God the Creator. The imagery and sacred meaning of water for Christians is clear throughout the Bible. Unfortunately, our use and misuse of this sacred gift has led to a water crisis in... read more»

Climate Justice

Through our Book of Discipline and Book of Resolutions, The United Methodist Church clearly articulates a moral imperative to address climate change and care for God’s people and God’s planet.  As United Methodists, we are called to give life to these words through acts of... read more»

Death Penalty

Unequivocally, The United Methodist Church takes a stand to "oppose capital punishment and urge its elimination from all criminal codes." You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if... read more»

Domestic Violence

Awareness for Church Folk (Prepared by the Rev. Arthuree McLaughlin Wright, a deacon in the Baltimore-Washington Conference who is a volunteer with Women’s & Children’s Advocacy of the General Board of Church & Society.) Domestic Violence Month Resources [The Lord] heals the... read more»


John Wesley greatly emphasized the importance of education and he specifically focused on making education available for the poor. Public education has taken on greater significance in a pluralized world as a means of socialization and a force for cohesiveness and equality. The public school still represents the primary way... read more»

Family Planning and Reproductive Health

The United Methodist Church supports the right for men and women worldwide to have the ability to choose when, or if, to have children. Affirming the right of women to access comprehensive health care services, including reproductive health, has always been a cornerstone of the UMC. And now, your relative... read more»

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