Social Principles

Judicial Council
The United Methodist Judicial Council has released six decisions dealing with Paragraph 2553, a new church law that allows congregations to leave with property under limited conditions. The rulings all stem from questions raised during the 2020 and 2021 annual conference seasons. Photo by Mike DuBose; illustration by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Church court clarifies disaffiliation rules

The United Methodist Church’s top court released six decisions dealing with a new church law that allows congregations to leave with property if they meet certain conditions.
General Church
Two excerpts from Paragraph 161.G of the United Methodist Social Principles affirm the sacred worth of individuals and the church’s stance that the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching. Graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Debate about church future heats up

United Methodists are gearing up to go in different directions. At the same time, disputes over church rules and the status of LGBTQ people continue to flare.
Local Church
Members of Centenary UMC in Metuchen, New Jersey, celebrate diversity and the love of God through service and community. Photo courtesy of Centenary United Methodist Church.

Ask The UMC: How may United Methodists observe Heritage Months?

Because most United Methodist congregations in the US are mono-ethnic, it's important for them to take care when observing history or heritage months of races and cultures different from theirs.
General Church
With the deadline for voter registration rapidly approaching in many states, United Methodists are helping register voters for Election Day on Nov. 3 in the U.S. Photo by Kathleen Barry; graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Want to have your say? Churches urge voting

United Methodist churches are registering voters across the U.S. “We can post memes on social media. But if we don’t show up on Election Day, we won’t have said anything at all,” a pastor says.

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