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A purple ribbon to promote awareness of Domestic Violence. Illustration by Messer Woland, Wikimedia Commons.

Resources to raise awareness about domestic violence

United Methodist Women offers fact sheets, discussion starters and useful links to increase understanding about domestic violence and help churches help victims. Read More

A higher law

Chris Momany says legal statutes often reflect societal norms. 'People are not granted rights by government. Their God-given rights are recognized and protected by governments.' Read More

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Peace: What does the church say?

What do United Methodists believe about nations versus individuals? Is there ever a justification for war? Learn about the basics of our faith. Read More

United Methodists and other Christians gather at the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville to ask leaders to reconsider a new law allowing the state to execute death row inmates using the electric chair. About 50 people joined in the protest. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.; Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Advocating for Justice

The United Methodist Church has a long history of concern for social justice. More

Refugees and human rights in Iraq

The General Board of Global Ministries offers information about the dire situation in Iraq, and what church groups are doing to alleviate suffering and advocate for peace. Read More

The Rev. William McElvaney. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

William McElvaney, social justice advocate, dies at 86

Retired pastor and seminary president defied church law by performing same-sex wedding. Read More

The Rev. Charles Moore. Photo courtesy of the Moore family

Retired pastor saw ‘destiny’ in self-immolation

“I know that some will judge me insane,” said the Rev. Charles R. Moore, who set himself on fire in his Texas hometown. Read More

What is the United Methodist stance on immigration reform?

Read the church's statements on immigration-related issues. Read More

A banner commemorating the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. flies above the National Mall in Washington during the 50th anniversary celebration of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

United Methodists remember and look ahead

They came from across the country with individual memories and common yearning to assess the dreams of the 1963 march. Read More

Board of Church & Society

Challenges United Methodists to work in areas of important social concern and develops resources to inform, motivate, and train United Methodists on issues of social justice in the society. Read More

Q&A: General Board of Church & Society

Challenges United Methodists to work in areas of important social concern and develops resources to inform, motivate, and train United Methodists on issues of social justice in the society. Read More

Methodists salute Mandela

July 18 is Nelson Mandela's birthday. Deep spiritual roots, lifelong Methodist ties helped make South African icon a symbol for justice. Read More

Students join peace and justice communities

United Methodist-related schools introduce young people to human and civil rights education and awareness. Read More

Social Principles & Social Creed

These statements help guide our thinking and acting about how we live in, and are in engaged in, ministry in the world. Read More

Preface

The Social Principles are a prayerful and thoughtful effort of the General Conference to speak to the issues in the contemporary world from a sound biblical and theological foundation. Read More

Philander Smith acts on social justice legacy

United Methodist-related Arkansas college looks to actions of its founder and graduates for definition of its mission. Read More

United Methodists monitor immigration bill

Church leaders have signed a statement outlining how the U.S. Senate bill fits - and does not fit - with United Methodist teachings. Read More

Remembering Bob Edgar and his impact

A tribute to a "tireless champion for vulnerable people" who will be sorely missed. Read More

United Methodists mourn Bob Edgar

The top executive of Common Cause, longtime advocate for the poor, and United Methodist pastor died today at 69. Read More

Women making history: Jocelyn Briddell

"It is critical," says Scarritt-Bennett Center director, "that our history is highlighted...so we can envision a bright future... ." Read More

Methodist history mixed on abolitionism

Individuals recognized for their efforts for freedom, justice and equality, but the church as a whole failed to join despite John Wesley's philosophy. Read More

UM photographer captures King’s last year

John Goodwin's anti-war coverage included Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'Beyond Vietnam' speech and protest events. Read More

After 50 years, MLK dream nearer to reality

In his annual letter, Bishop White recalls 1963 when King 'took that mass of humanity to ... Church!' in the March on Washington. Read More

United Methodists honor Inouye’s service

U.S. senator "demonstrated the highest ideals of what it meant to serve the country as well as to serve the public," says bishop. Read More

George McGovern: Champion of the hungry

A United Methodist pastor remembers the mentor and friend whose deepest passions were to end war and eliminate hunger. Read More

United Methodists salute McGovern’s legacy

Wesleyan roots ran deep for preacher's son who considered service to others as the key to a good life. Read More

Shalom Summit looks back as it looks ahead

United Methodists gather to mark 20 years of an economic justice movement designed to identify and build community assets. Read More

Practicing ‘shalom’ for 20 years

United Methodist response to 1992 L.A. riots has evolved into global effort to address a community's needs with its assets. Read More

Chicago church puts faith into action

Church takes hands-on approach to dealing with social issues endangering neighborhood. "We have to be a light in that community." Read More

Is this your mother’s UMW?

United Methodist Women expects opportunities to expand as organization charts a separate path. Read More

GC2012: Split views on Palestinian support

Some back petitions to divest from companies tied to occupation; others opposed to that strategy look to economic investment. Read More

Clergy children from segregation era reunited

Daughter of Bishop Oliphint and son of Bishop Handy recall end to racially constituted jurisdiction of church they both serve today. Read More

Agency QA: Church and Society

Series looks at how agencies work: Through education, witness and action, agency strives to uphold United Methodist Social Principles. Read More

Bishop candidates visit black caucus

For the first time, all U.S. endorsed candidates seeking to become bishops met and were blessed by Black Methodists for Church Renewal. Read More

UMW reps outline rural women’s struggles

For these nine women, U.N. meeting offers chance to share experiences, learn from others. Read More

UN explores needs of rural women

United Methodists contribute to discussion between grassroots, governments on empowering women. Read More

Pastor’s civil rights work still matters

Bishop's daughter recalls her father's courage as a segregated South struggled within its United Methodist churches. Read More

Helping the Homeless 101

For college students running a Philadelphia homeless shelter, the biggest lesson is one they aren't learning in class. Read More

John Wesley and black colleges

Walter Kimbrough writes that United Methodists can see the social principles in action when they support the Black College Fund. Read More

Meharry tackles health care from all angles

From cancer research to community partnerships to reduce diabetes, historic Meharry keeps an eye on the future. Read More

Doctor buys hospital to aid rural health

Meharry Medical College graduate models dedication to the poor in Mississippi. "We have to stop making excuses and do more." Read More

Meharry attacks HIV/AIDS in lab, streets

African-American women are 15 times more likely to become infected with HIV. One medical school is trying to find out why. Read More

At Meharry, M.D. means ‘Make a Difference’

United Methodist-related medical college works to change inequity in health care that racial and ethnic minorities often face. Read More

Young Black Church Leader: Rev. Ronnie Miller-Yow

As head of Black Methodists for Church Renewal, a popular pastor and college chaplain, Ronnie Miller-Yow shares ideas for church growth. View

Growing communities along the Santa Cruz

From the hard soil of Tucson, Ariz., Youth Farm Project interns help the community to develop a flourishing garden and gathering place. Read More

Young adults lead social justice startups

An incubator for life-changing ministries, Spark12 allows millennials to hone leadership skills, begin new service ventures. Read More

Racism still stings, bishop tells King

In his birthday letter to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Bishop Woodie White ponders whether race is America's 'stubborn virus.' Read More

Jim Winkler (at left) walks to the U.S. Capitol prior to his arrest for refusing to stop publicly praying in the rotunda. Photo courtesy of Common Cause.

Faithful urged to contact Congress about debt

Cuts to programs that assist the poor are 'unacceptable' to people of faith, says top executive of United Methodist Board of Church and Society. Read More

Eleven faith leaders were arrested after they refused to stop public prayers in the U.S. Capitol in July. The group agreed today to a pretrial resolution of the misdemeanor charges. Photo courtesy of Common Cause.

Two UM church leaders arrested in protest

Church and Society top exec and an ordained elder among 11 charged as Capitol rally asks U.S. leaders to fulfill nation's promise to poor. Read More

Jim Winkler leads a prayer vigil for a

D.C. vigils call for ‘faithful budget’

Interfaith leaders are hosting daily vigils at the United Methodist building to urge lawmakers to remember the most vulnerable. Read More

Alfred Hardnett (right) helps Candice K. Mink with her groceries in the food pantry at The Community Enabler Developer ministry in Anniston, Ala.. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Budget battle: Don’t forget the poor

Faith leaders call on Congress, Obama administration to continue commitments to poverty programs. Read More

Faith leaders are expressing concern over proposed U.S. federal budget changes that could slash aid to the poor. Cuts passed by the U.S. House of Representatives would reduce international food-aid programs by up to 50 percent. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Faith leaders look at budget’s ‘moral’ impact

In a March 1 letter to Congress, United Methodists and others urged that the U.S. federal budget not cut aid to the poor. Read More

Bishop Dew, social justice advocate, dies

Church leader championed marginalized throughout ministry. Read More

The Rev. Grace Cajiuat leads a liturgical version of the United Methodist Social Creed during a celebration of the creed's 100th anniversary at the 2008 General Conference. In the background are Bishop Beverly Shamana and Jim Winkler.

United Methodist Social Creed celebrated

The church's Social Creed continues to express the scriptural mandate to care for the sojourner, the weak and the orphaned. Read More