African American Family Life
Our Social Principles state that "we believe the family to be the basic human community through which persons are nurtured and sustained in mutual love, responsibility, respect, and fidelity" (¶ 161A).
Families of all types in the United States are vulnerable to social and economic change.
African American families today face problems of epidemic proportions from violence within the geographical community, new and virulent health problems, a high rate of cardiovascular illness, and economic stress.
We call upon the General Board of Discipleship to identify or create resources and materials to assist local churches in developing a program of mentoring, counseling, and referral that includes strategies to strengthen African American family life and to produce a listing of these resources to be distributed to and promoted in each annual conference.
AMENDED AND READOPTED 2000 and 2004
resolution #57, 2004 book of resolutions
resolution #51, 2000 book of resolutions
See Social Principles, ¶ 162A.
From The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church - 2008. Copyright © 2008 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.