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Social Principles of the United Methodist Church


Pastor Michael will spend three weeks going through UMC belief on all manner of social issues, including sexuality, gender, economic justice, the environment, guns, the death penalty, reproductive health including abortion, globalization, human trafficking, and much more. Statements on these challenging and often contentious issues are articulated in our Social Principles. If you are interested in any of these topics, or if you didn’t realize we have Social Principles, this class is for you!



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Topic: Social Principles
Time: Jan 30, 2023 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Week One

· Ground Rules
· Anything in particular you want to be sure is covered?
· I anticipate spending at least a little time on the following at a minimum:

  • Human sexuality
  • Immigration
  • Abortion
  • Capital punishment
  • Climate Justice
  • Racial Justice
  • Anything else?

· Introduction to the Social Principles (page 66)
· Preface and Preamble (pages 21 and 22)

· Our Social Creed (page 59)

· The Natural World (page 22, first paragraph)

· The Nurturing Community (page 26, first paragraph)

  • Bishop Bickerton’s statements on race and abortion


Week Two

· Ground Rules review

· The Social Community (page 35, first paragraph)

· The Economic Community (page 46, first paragraph)

· The Political Community (page 52, first paragraph and paragraph A)

  • Bishop Bickerton’s statement on NYC asylum seekers

Week Three

· Ground Rules review

· The World Community (page 57, first paragraph)

· Implications for the future of the denomination

· Implications for the future of our specific congregations?

· Final thoughts, concerns, new questions raised?