The Social Principles are an effort of the General Conference to address human issues based on a biblical and theological foundation as shown in United Methodist Traditions. The General Conference in 2012 initiated a process to revise the Social Principles. While changes have been made periodically, this is the first comprehensive revision in some time.

In response, the General Board of Church and Society has conducted a series of listening consultations across the connection. Based on that input, the General Conference of the United Methodist Church asked the Board to begin a revision process in 2016. The Board suggested a new document address three goals for the revision of the Social Principles – that they be:

  • More succinct
  • Theologically grounded
  • Globally relevant

A draft of the proposed  Revised Social Principles has been prepared for discussion. Current Social Principles are also available for comparison. This document will be used to frame the conversation about these proposed changes and a series of Public Conversations. Note: The continuing dialogue of the portion of the Social Principles pertaining to Human Sexuality and Equal Rights Regardless of Sexual Orientation are not included in these conversations.

The closest venue is in Lakeland: 9 a.m. – noon, July 28, First UMC – Lakeland. To register, please choose the section of the Social Principles you wish to discuss from this list:

  • The Community of All Creation
    The Nurturing Community
  • The Social Community — SOLD OUT
  • The Political Community
  • The Economic Community
  • The World Community

then click here to register. Note that registration is limited to 54 places per location.

You may also provide input without participation in the Public Conversation by commenting here.

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