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* Caring Communities-The United Methodist Mental Illness Network (deleted or expired 2012)

The mission to bring all persons into a community of love is central to the teachings of Christ. We gather as congregations in witness to that mission, welcoming and nurturing those who assemble with us.

Yet we confess that in our humanity we have sometimes failed to minister in love to persons and families with mental illness. We have allowed barriers of ignorance, fear, and pride to separate us from those who most need our love and the nurturing support of community.

To support United Methodist congregations in their goal to reach out to persons and families with mental illness, the General Board of Church and Society established the United Methodist Mental Illness Network of "Caring Communities," congregations and communities in covenant relationship with persons and families with mental illness.

United Methodist congregations are called to join the Caring Communities Program:

  • to educate their members about mental illness;
  • to enter into a covenant relationship of understanding and love with persons and families with mental illness, in order to nurture them; and
  • to reach out to the larger community.

ADOPTED 1996
AMENDED AND READOPTED 2004
resolution #121, 2004 book of resolutions
resolution #109, 2000 book of resolutions

See Social Principles, ¶ 162I and V.

From The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church - 2008. Copyright © 2008 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.

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