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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 »

‘That’s Church’ campaign

Messages highlight United Methodists in action

Campaign highlights UMC work to advance social issues such as education, labor rights and food insecurity. read more »

August 26, 2013

2013 legislative priorities

Immigration reform, reducing gun violence, ‘moral federal budget,’ combating human trafficking targeted

Priorities support Christian social concerns and represent areas to which the faith community can bring a unique voice to the legislative process. read more »

by Wayne Rhodes, Editor, Faith in Action
on February 19, 2013

Interconnections Exercise

This exercise will help to increase awareness of social, economic and environmental issues and the ways in which the issues intersect. The exercise also encourages critical thinking and can be used with groups of any size. Interconnections... read more »

Human Trafficking

What would the church and the world look like if women and girls were seen as children of God with sacred worth? Imago Dei - Kawangis ng diyos - Image of God    Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness and his upper rooms by injustice; who... Read More

The Reluctance to Discuss Economic Justice

I have noticed in some of the discussions I have heard around General Conference these last few days that many progressives have become less and less comfortable with talking about economic justice. We talk generally about justice for the poor, but that is the extent of it much of the... read more »

Posted by Bill Mefford on April 30, 2012

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

2011 legislative priorities

Overcoming global poverty, U.S. jobs crisis, clean air on list

Health-care, immigration reform, family planning remain on advocacy agenda. read more »

by Wayne Rhodes, Editor, Faith in Action
on February 08, 2011