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Maintaining our Commitment to Support Abundant Life for Women and Girls

As we continue to reflect on the actions of General Conference and celebrate the many affirmations of justice and peace, I am aware that questions have been raised about The United Methodist Church’s commitment to the rights of women and girls around the world. I leave General Conference... read more »

Posted by Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe on June 02, 2016

Save Mothers’ Lives this Mother’s Day!

Speak to your elected officials

Join us in urging your member of Congress to pass the Reach Every Mother and Child Act. read more »

April 29, 2016

The Debate that Changed the Church

Celebrating 60 Years of Full Clergy Rights for Women

The 1956 General Conference would change our UMC's book of Discipline to include full clergy rights for women. Read Rev. Clayton Childers reflection and a transcript of how this change transpired. read more »

by Clayton Childers
on April 29, 2016

The Debate that Changed the Church: Celebrating 60 Years of Full Clergy Rights for Women

On May 4, 1956 the General Conference of the (then) Methodist Church meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota did something amazing. It changed the church’s book of Discipline to support full clergy rights for women. And the church has never been the same since.  Despite much resistance and fears about what... read more »

Posted by Rev. Clayton Childers on April 13, 2016

Sexual ethics in UMC website

General Commission on Status & Role of Women relaunches umsexualethics.org

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

General Conference 2016

Church and Society has compiled information on selected talking points. This information can be accessed in multiple languages below. English petition information French petition information Portuguese petition information Tagalog petition information   The General Board of Church & Society has submitted the following petitions to the 2016 General Conference. The petitions... read more »

Legislation to end preventable maternal, child deaths worldwide applauded

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United Methodist General Board of Church & Society and its Healthy Families, Healthy Planet project applaud introduction in the U.S. Senate of the “Reach Every Mother & Child Act of 2015.” The legislation will improve how the United States provides life-saving assistance to... read more»

August 06, 2015

‘Children’s Books: Teaching Sacred Worth’ webinar resources available

Interview with award-winning author Eloise Greenfield featured

General Board of Church & Society launches initiative to teach sacred worth through children's books. read more »

by Susan Greer Burton
on July 28, 2015

‘Interrupting Indifference: Jesus, Justice & Joy’

July 29-Aug. 2 University of Illinois in Chicago

More than 200 United Methodist Women to train in faith-based responses to social-justice issues. read more »

June 29, 2015

Survival of richest

Huge disparities in infant mortality rates both at home and abroad

Robust bipartisan legislation, sponsored by Sens. Graham, Coons, would save lives of 15 million children, 600,000 women worldwide within a generation. read more »

by the Rev. Susan Leonard-Ray
on June 08, 2015

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