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 »

‘Killer robots’

Nations agree to work on how to address fully autonomous weapons

Process could lead to ‘preemptive ban’ to ensure human control in targeting decisions. read more »

April 08, 2014

Peace with Justice

The Peace with Justice Program aims to make shalom visible and active in people's lives and communities. The General Conference assigned the General Board of Church and Society to implement the program and called the church to "strengthen its capacity to act as a public policy advocate" in communities... Read More

Annual conferences report

Resolutions speak to current issues

The denomination’s stance on homosexuality issues continues to be a concern as this summer’s conferences considered petitions to next year’s General Conference. Other issues raised include Israel/Palestine, abortion, immigration reform, collective bargaining rights, hydraulic fracturing, racism and bullying. read more »

by the Rev. Clayton Childers and the Rev. Julie Wilson
on August 29, 2011

Legislators support landmines ban

Send letters to President Obama

68 senators endorse U.S. joining Landmine Ban Treaty. read more »

May 25, 2010

Close Okinawa U.S. Marine base

UMC in coalition opposing new construction

United Methodist Church among 500 endorsers of letter to U.S. president, Japan prime minister seeking closure. read more »

April 27, 2010

Treaty banning cluster munitions ratified

U.S., Israel, China, Russia have not signed

Pact goes into effect in August now that 30th country ratified it. read more »

February 26, 2010

Conflict minerals trade act welcomed

International nonprofits issue joint statement

U.S. bill would disrupt financing “of world’s deadliest conflict since World War II. read more »

November 22, 2009

Arms Control

Lugar Says Setbacks Have Been Suffered

The U.S. lacks even minimal confidence about its knowledge of many foreign weapons programs. read more »

March 07, 2008

House-Senate Committee Approves Funding for Reliable Replacement Warhead Program

Although a joint House-Senate appropriations committee approved less funding than requested, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., asserts that it is opening the door to a new nuclear weapons program. read more »

by Mark Harrison
on November 12, 2007

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