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United Methodist Beliefs: Social Principles

Do you have questions about the meaning of some of the terms and teachings of The United Methodist Church? In this series, we ask clergy to share their understanding of topics. No preaching, just conversation. In this episode we discuss United Methodist social principles with the Rev. Felicia Hopkins, pastor of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Abilene, Texas.


The Rev. Felicia Hopkins, St. Paul Abilene United Methodist Church: “Every organization, they all have guidelines and, if you will, rule books that you go by. They’re the things that set the boundaries for the community. And for us, we have what are called Social Principles. So that we know as Christians that we value community. We understand that if there are problems with injustice, if there are problems in the community, if there are problems in race, in inequality, that as United Methodists, that is something that we need to be concerned about. It is at the core of who we are. It is almost a thread that is woven very intricately through who we are. So, it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter if you’re in California. It doesn’t matter if you’re in New York. Doesn’t matter if you are in Texas. These are the things that matter to us and they’re written down. So, we’re very clear about the values we have and the things that matter deeply to us.”


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This video was produced by United Methodist Communications in Nashville, TN.
Media contact is Joe Iovino.

This video was first posted on November 14, 2017.

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