Social Principle Public Conversations
Friday, July 27, 2018 to Sunday, July 29, 2018

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Connectional and Justice Ministries

Public Conversations on the Draft of the Revised United Methodist Social Principles

“The Social Principles, while not to be considered church law, are a prayerful and thoughtful effort on the part of the General Conference to speak to the human issues in the contemporary world from a sound biblical and theological foundation as historically demonstrated in United Methodist traditions.
They are a call to faithfulness and are intended to be instructive and persuasive in the best of the prophetic spirit.  The Social Principles are a call to all members of The United Methodist Church to a prayerful, studied dialogue of faith and practice” (2016 Book of Discipline, Social Principles Preface).

The General Conference in 2012 initiated a process to revise the church’s Social Principles.  A full review of the Social Principles has not occurred since the 1968-1972 quadrennium, when the first Social Principles document was proposed.  Since that time, numerous additions have been made and wording has changed.  All of this has resulted in a document that is in need of comprehensive updating.

From 2012 to 2016 Church and Society conducted several listening consultations across the connection.  Questions were asked about how the Social Principles are actually practiced in a variety of places, including in Africa, the Philippines, Europe, and the United States where The United Methodist Church has members.

In 2016, The General Conference of the United Methodist church asked the Board to begin a revision process.  The board suggested that a new document address three goals – that the revised Social Principles be more succinct, theologically grounded and globally relevant.

A draft of the revised Social Principles has been prepared by six writing teams that included 60 United Methodist clergy and laity, scholars and practitioners, from across the world.
Between April and August 2018, GBCS is soliciting feedback so that we can perfect the draft document.  To do this, we invite you to attend a public conversation on the draft of the revised Social Principles.
We ask that you view the DRAFT United Methodist Social Principles, by clicking here.  To view the CURRENT United Methodist Social Principles, click here.

Special Note:  These conversations are not intended and are not designed to engage dialogue on the sections of the Social Principles which address Human Sexuality and Equal Rights Regardless of Sexual Orientation.  We are aware that the report from the Commission on A Way Forward will be released prior to our Public Conversations.  We want to stress that the sections on Sexuality will be addressed following the Called General Conference in February 2019.  Click here to read “The United Methodist Bishops Recommend a Way Forward.”

We are delighted that The Rev. Neal Christie, Assistant General Secretary for Education and Leadership Formation will join Dr. Sharon Austin and Laurie Hofts, Florida Conference Connectional and Justice Ministries at the three scheduled Public Conversation sites.  Rev. Christie serves on the staff of the General Board of Church and Society, The UMC, Washington, D.C.

The dates/times/locations for our Social Principle Public Conversations:

Friday, July 27, 6pm - 9pm
Mount Pleasant UMC
630 NW 2nd Street
Gainesville, FL  32601
Rev. Michael Frazier, Senior Pastor

Saturday, July 28, 9am - 12noon
First United Methodist Church
72 Lake Morton Dr.
Lakeland, FL  33801
Rev. David McEntire, Senior Pastor

Sunday, July 29, 2pm - 5pm
United Methodist Church of the Palm Beaches
900 Brandywine Road
West Palm Beach, FL  33409
Rev. Patti Aupperlee, Senior Pastor

Spanish and Creole language Social Principle Conversation sites are currently being developed Date/time – TBD


Once you have decided on the section of the Social Principles you would like to engage with other United Methodists in conversation, please click here to register.  Registration is limited to 54 spots per location, register early. 

Every United Methodist has an opportunity to provide input regardless of their participation in a public conversation by commenting at:

We look forward to our shared work on behalf of the Church.

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