WHEREAS, The United Methodist Church affirms the use of biblical language and images in worship and in our common life together, and affirms the use of language that reflects the longstanding commitment to the inclusiveness and diversity of United Methodist members and constituencies; and
WHEREAS, the use of metaphors of color, darkness, ability, and age in negative ways has had a harmful effect;
Therefore, be it resolved, that United Methodist clergy and laity be encouraged to use diverse biblical images and titles for God, including masculine/feminine metaphors; use language for humans that reflects both male and female; use metaphors of color, darkness, ability, and age in positive ways; and
Be it further resolved, that we affirm the use of biblical language and images in all their forms as appropriate for use in hymns, liturgy, teaching, and in all areas of our common life together; and
Be it further resolved, that publications, audiovisual media, online resources, and other communication materials of The United Methodist Church shall reflect the diverse biblical metaphors and the diversity and inclusiveness of humanity.
REVISED AND ADOPTED 2000, 2008
RESOLUTION #8011, 2012 BOOK OF RESOLUTIONS
RESOLUTION #8006, 2008 BOOK OF RESOLUTIONS
RESOLUTION #344, 2004 BOOK OF RESOLUTIONS
RESOLUTION #321, 2000 BOOK OF RESOLUTIONS
From The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church - 2016. Copyright © 2016 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.