Persons Living with HIV and AIDS

Persons diagnosed as positive for Human Immune Virus (HIV) and with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) often face rejection from their families and friends and various communities in which they work and interact. In addition, they are often faced with a lack of adequate health care, especially toward the end of life.

All individuals living with HIV and AIDS should be treated with dignity and respect.

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Population

Since the growing worldwide population is increasingly straining the world’s supply of food, minerals, and water and sharpening international tensions, the reduction of the rate of consumption of resources by the affluent and the reduction of current world population growth rates have become imperative.

People have the duty to consider the impact on the total world community of their decisions regarding childbearing and should have access to information and appropriate means to limit their fertility, including voluntary sterilization.

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Abortion

The beginning of life and the ending of life are the God-given boundaries of a person’s existence on earth. 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 life makes us reluctant to approve abortion.  
  
But we are equally bound to respect the sacredness of the life and well-being of the mother and the unborn child.  
  

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Family Violence and Abuse

We recognize that family violence and abuse in all its forms—verbal, psychological, physical, sexual— is detrimental to the covenant of the human community. We encourage the Church to provide a safe environment, counsel, and support for the victim. While we deplore the actions of the abuser, we affirm that person to be in need of God’s redeeming love.

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Divorce

God’s plan is for lifelong, faithful marriage. The church must be on the forefront of premarital and postmarital counseling in order to create and preserve strong marriages. However, when a married couple is estranged beyond reconciliation, even after thoughtful consideration and counsel, divorce is a regrettable alternative in the midst of brokenness. We grieve over the devastating emotional, spiritual, and economic consequences of divorce for all involved and are concerned about high divorce rates.

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Single Persons

We affirm the integrity of single persons, and we reject all social practices that discriminate or social attitudes that are prejudicial against persons because they are single.

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Ministry to Those Who Have Experienced an Abortion

We urge local pastors to become informed about the symptoms and behaviors associated with post-abortion stress. We further encourage local churches to make available contact information for counseling agencies that offer programs to address post-abortion stress for all seeking help.

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UM Global AIDS Fund

Amend resolution 3244 as follows: 
#3244 United Methodist Global AIDS Fund  WHEREAS, for almost thirty years the General Conference of The United Methodist Church has spoken with prophetic compassion to the global issues of HIV/AIDS. Our resolutions, however, have not always been matched by a resolve to commit significant financial and denominational resources in the struggle for education, prevention, treatment and care in the worldwide struggle against HIV/AIDS; and 

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The Status of Women

I.

Christianity was born in a world of male preference and dominance. Practices, traditions, and attitudes in almost all societies viewed women as inferior to men, as having few talents and contributions to make to the general well-being of society aside from their biological roles. This was true of the Judaic society of which Jesus was a part.

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The Social Principles, The United Methodist Book of Discipline

The Social Principles, The United Methodist Book of Discipline

2004

“We recognize the continuing need for full, positive, and factual sex education opportunities for children, youth, and adults. The
Church offers a unique opportunity to give quality guidance and education in this area.”

“All children have the right to quality education, including full sex education appropriate to their stage of development that utilizes the
best educational techniques and insights. Christian parents and guardians and the Church have the responsibility to ensure that

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