Abolition of Torture

Torture in any form, whether psychological or physical, is dehumanizing to the victim and to the perpetrator. For the victim, the mental and physical scars can last a lifetime. The psychological effects can include insomnia, nightmares, memory loss, depression and post traumatic stress disorder. For the perpetrator, there is a... read more»


The early work of the Methodist men and women who recognized that alcoholism was destructive to people and seized the critical issue of alcohol prevention during the early part of the twentieth century paved the way for the current public policy work on alcohol. Do not get drunk with wine,... read more»

Budgets and Taxes

How we spend our money - as individuals, congregations, and communities - is a reflection on who and what we value. Likewise, the federal budget is a statement of our nation's shared priorities - how we use the abundance God has given us to live into a vision of... read more»

Clean Water

We live on a planet that is covered by water - a sacred and abundant gift from God the Creator. The imagery and sacred meaning of water for Christians is clear throughout the Bible. Unfortunately, our use and misuse of this sacred gift has led to a water crisis in... read more»

Climate Justice

The crisis facing God's earth is clear. We, as stewards, have failed to live into our responsibility to care for creation and have instead abused it in ways that now threaten life around the planet. As a matter of stewardship and justice, Christians must take action now to reduce... read more»

Death Penalty

Unequivocally, The United Methodist Church takes a stand to "oppose capital punishment and urge its elimination from all criminal codes." You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if... read more»

Domestic Violence

One in three women will experience some level of violence in their lives - half of them from intimate partners. Three in ten women murdered in the U.S. are murdered by their husbands, ex-husbands or boyfriends. A survey of 6,000 American families found that half of the men who assault... read more»


John Wesley greatly emphasized the importance of education and he specifically focused on making education available for the poor. Public education has taken on greater significance in a pluralized world as a means of socialization and a force for cohesiveness and equality. The public school still represents the primary way... read more»

Family Planning and Reproductive Health

The United Methodist Church supports the right for men and women worldwide to have the ability to choose when, or if, to have children. Affirming the right of women to access comprehensive health care services, including reproductive health, has always been a cornerstone of the UMC. And now, your relative... read more»


The Church's role in countering the expansion of gambling has been likened to David fighting Goliath. The overwhelming influence of gambling monies allows this industry access to all levels of government and extends even to elected public officials who benefit from contributions to their campaigns. For the love of... read more»

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