Pornography

May 20, 2016

Scripture teaches that humans are created in God’s image and that we are accountable to God through right relationship. Sexual images can celebrate the goodness of human sexuality through positive depiction in art, literature, and education. We deplore, however, images that distort this goodness and injure healthy sexual relationships. We oppose all forms of pornography […]

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Abortion

May 20, 2016

The beginning of life and the ending of life are the God-given boundaries of human existence. While individuals have always had some degree of control over when they would die, they now have the awesome power to determine when and even whether new individuals will be born. Our belief in the sanctity of unborn human […]

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Qualifications for Ordination

May 20, 2016

While persons set apart by the Church for ordained ministry are subject to all the frailties of the human condition and the pressures of society, they are required to maintain the highest standards of holy living in the world. The practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching. Therefore self-avowed practicing homosexuals1 are not to […]

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Marriage

May 20, 2016

We affirm the sanctity of the marriage covenant that is expressed in love, mutual support, personal commitment, and shared fidelity between a man and a woman. We believe that God’s blessing rests upon such marriage, whether or not there are children of the union. We reject social norms that assume different standards for women than […]

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Bullying

May 20, 2016

Bullying is a growing problem in parts of the connection. It is a contributing factor in suicide and in the violence we see in some cultures today. We affirm the right of all people, regardless of gender, socioeconomic status, race, religion, disability, age, physical appearance, sexual orientation and gender identity, to be free of unwanted […]

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Resolution Endorsing “20/20: Visioning An AIDS‐Free World”

August 1, 2012

WHEREAS, The United Methodist Church has long been committed to creating an AIDS‐free world, and beginning in 2005 started the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund as a global health initiative to raise funds to support church‐oriented and Christ‐centered HIV and AIDS ministries, and  
  

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Sexual Ethics

July 31, 2012

Many clergypersons in the UMC begin their ministerial careers unprepared to handle issues of professional power, intimacy, and interpersonal boundaries, leading to preventable cases of misconduct of a sexual nature within the church. GCSRW sets out to improve professional preparation of ministerial leadership through the following plan outlined below
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Sexual Assault

July 31, 2012

Sexual assault is insidious.  It is inexcusable for our Church to avoid condemning it.  The FBI estimates a woman is raped in the US every two minutes.  Rape is used as a political and social engineering tool by governments and religions.  It is time to condemn this vicious crime unequivocally. 

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Ministry to Those Who Have Experienced an Abortion

May 10, 2012

WHEREAS, we recognize that there is a legal right to an abortion in many countries, we also recognize that some regret that event later in life, WHEREAS, the church should be about offering healing ministries for all types of brokenness, Therefore, be it resolved that the 2012 General Conference of The United Methodist Church urge […]

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