The following is a note from Judy Ehninger, Asbury Lay member to Annual Conference and Delegate to General Conference 2020
“The Social Principles are prayerful and thoughtful efforts on the part of many General Conferences to speak to complex and controversial issues in the global community. Studying The Social Principles provides opportunities to examine your own theology and ethics and to practice discipleship.
Since its founding, the United Methodist Church, has spoken to the issues of the day as an expression of the Wesleyan commitment to social holiness. The 2020 Revised Social Principles continues this tradition. “After an eight year journey and a deeply United Methodist process of revision, the General Conference is called to approve a document with a strong theological grounding and a more focused, succinct, and globally meaningful form. Creating a teachable document that the whole church can use.”
– Quote from the General Board of Church and Society.
The Social Principles revision has been worked on by an international committee from the General Board of Church and Society elected in 2012. There was a brief update issued in 2016. The GBCS is the Social Justice arm of the UMC.
This document will be studied by legislative committees at GC 2020 and fiddled with before being brought to the floor and voted on. It is certainly a compromise statement. I encourage all to read it and see where they agree/disagree and where their churches agree/disagree. This will will be torn apart and glued back together before it comes to the floor. It is not legislation but a guide for Christian living.
This discussion may be overshadowed by the debates over the traditional language and prohibitions in the Book of Discipline and plans to restructure the church.
Please contact me with any questions or comments.