General Board of Church & Society petitions to 2016 General Conference

The General Board of Church & Society has submitted the following petitions to the 2016 General Conference. The petitions are in the format that General Conference requires, so in some cases you may need to refer to the 2012 Book of Resolutions or Book of Discipline to comprehend changes. Most petitions include... read more »

Let’s all come together

Conference call on gun violence Nov. 9

Bishop Hoshibata to discuss covenant letter he sent to congregations in Desert Southwest Conference. read more »

by Bill Mefford
on October 20, 2015

El Salvador human-rights prosecutions

Briefing Nov. 4 will update on long-standing cases

‘Human Rights Prosecutions & El Salvador’s Justice System’ prompted by renewed interest in cases, both in El Salvador and internationally. read more »

October 20, 2015

Adopt federal fair-chance hiring policies

United Methodist social-justice agency writes to President Obama

Policies would enable people with criminal records to overcome stigma of their past, demonstrate employment qualifications. read more »

October 20, 2015

‘Sentencing Reform & Corrections Act’

Letter praises effort to reduce harsh sentences

40 faith groups call act important step toward fixing federal prison crisis. read more »

October 20, 2015

What does it take?

Not an easy question, even for those who proclaim faith in Prince of Peace

Bishop asks all congregations of Desert Southwest Conference to covenant with him to take action. read more »

by Bishop Robert Hoshibata
on October 08, 2015

Ways to stand against gun violence

United Methodist ‘Book of Resolutions’ suggests 11 actions

While we may not agree on a solution, many of us agree there is a problem. read more »

by Joe Iovino
on October 08, 2015

Getting it done!

It's as good a time as any to take notice of some success — yes, success!

From criminal-justice reform to caring for refugees, United Methodists are making a difference. read more »

by Bill Mefford
on October 08, 2015

Have we become numb?

Participation in ‘Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath’ lagging

Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence suggests steps to make change regular conversation topic. read more »

October 08, 2015

Another mass shooting

Expressions of distress and grief, as well as calls for prayer prevail

United Methodist Church offers many resources for helping people cope with violent events. read more »

by Sam Hodges
on October 08, 2015

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