Social Principles

Theology and Education
National Child Labor Committee collection by Lewis Wickes-Hine, courtesy of the U.S. Library of Congress.

Ask The UMC: Why do we have Social Principles? Where did they come from?

The Methodist Social Creed, predecessor to the Social Principles, originated over a century ago to express concern over the exploitation of millions of workers.
General Church
Kim Simpson, chair, Commission on General Conference, and Janice Griffith, Illinois Great Rivers, join hands in prayer during opening worship at the 2020 United Methodist Pre-General Conference held in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

Foretaste of what’s on the table at GC2020

United Methodists got a preview of proposals heading to General Conference, including different plans aimed at ending the fight over LGBTQ inclusion.
General Church
On Jan. 3, a 16-member group of United Methodist bishops and other leaders offered the “Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation” proposal to preserve The United Methodist Church while allowing for a new traditionalist-minded denomination. UM News reports on the process the group took to arrive at its plan. Graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Protocol process painful but fruitful

Participants in mediation talk about how agreement was found among markedly different perspectives for the future of The United Methodist Church.
Social Concerns
The Rev. Connie Semy Mella, Philippines Conference, works on the Revised Social Principles during a writing session at the United Methodist Building in Washington. The Revised Social Principles has been on an eight-year journey and the writing team included United Methodists from the global membership of the denomination. Photo courtesy of United Methodist Board of Church and Society.

Revised Social Principles reflect worldwide church

The Revised Social Principles has been on an eight-year journey and the writing team included United Methodists from the global membership of the denomination.

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