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 »

Sexual ethics in UMC website

General Commission on Status & Role of Women relaunches

Offers resources for victims, individuals walking alongside them, those accused, and conference leaders charged with handling cases of sexual misconduct. read more »

October 20, 2015

Adding fuel to debate

Supreme Court approves same-sex marriages

At heart of much of sexuality debate for United Methodists is different interpretations of Scripture. read more »

by Heather Hahn
on June 29, 2015

‘Equal Rights Regardless of Sexual Orientation’

U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage

Social-justice agency head says decision upholds both freedom of religious liberty, and equal protection of all citizens under the law. read more »

June 29, 2015

‘Equal Rights Regardless of Sexual Orientation’

The Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, chief executive of the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS), issued a statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-gender marriage last week. In her statement, Henry-Crowe said the decision "upholds both freedom of religious liberty and... read more»

June 29, 2015

Sexual misconduct at church

What you should know

To eradicate sexual harassment and misconduct, every member of every congregation must get involved. read more »

by Joe Iovino
on June 17, 2015

Greater openness on human sexuality proposed

Connectional Table proposes changes

United Methodist clergy could be openly gay, perform same-gender weddings if legislation approved. read more »

by Heather Hahn
on May 22, 2015

Anti-bullying resolution

South Carolina to consider in June

More than 100 sign petition to oppose bullying in all forms, and to create safe spaces for everyone. read more »

by Jessica Brodie
on May 07, 2015

Pennsylvania bishops support Non-Discrimination Act

Send letter to state legislature

United Methodist bishops advocate for full equality under the law for groups that experience routine discrimination. read more »

April 24, 2015

A difficult Holy Week

Indiana religious freedom act brings notoriety to state

Legislation in other states indicates situation not unique, which should empower you to work wherever you are for rights of all God’s children. read more »

by the Rev. Lisa Schubert Nowling
on April 13, 2015

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