Issues

Health Care

We require Health Care when our health is compromised. Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.
Luke 10, NRSV The nature of health care has changed substantially since biblical times, but the importance of health care has remained the same.... read more»

HIV and AIDS

The world is facing one of its most pressing health crises in centuries, and it's being labeled a "pandemic" due to its severity. Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Galatians 6, NRSV According to UNAIDS, 39,000,000 persons around the world... read more»

Human Sexuality

Human sexuality is a phrase that encompasses many aspects of humanity and is intrinsic within each of us. We are, as creatures of God, sexual beings regardless of our ethnicity, gender, or age. Our sexuality is present when we are born and is with us until we die. It shapes... read more»

Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a violation of human and civil rights that enslaves thousands of people across the globe.  The United States’ Trafficking Victims Protection Act defines “severe forms of trafficking in persons” as  a. sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by... read more»

Hunger and Poverty

Poverty kills. It kills 300,000 children every day. Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?
Isaiah 58, NRSV It shortens, injures and thwarts the lives of... read more»

Immigration

The story of the United States is the story of immigration. The history of the United States is characterized by waves of ethnic groups arriving to these shores searching for security and prosperity. Each new wave of immigrants has brought with them hopes and dreams of a better life, as... read more»

Living Wage

In 1908, the first Social Creed of the Methodist Episcopal Church called for "a living wage in every industry." One hundred years later, The United Methodist Church remains steadfast in the belief that "every person has the right to a job at a living wage" (Social Principles, ¶163C). Listen! The... read more»

Mental Health

Mental Illnesses are biochemical disruptions that affect the brain and influence human behavior. Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Galatians 6:2 Mental Illnesses may result from genetic or environmental factors or from random breakdown in chemical processing. Some mental illnesses,... read more»

Peace with Justice

The Peace with Justice Program aims to make shalom visible and active in people's lives and communities. The General Conference assigned the General Board of Church and Society to implement the program and called the church to "strengthen its capacity to act as a public policy advocate" in communities... read more»

Restorative Justice

Currently, there are more than 2,300,000 people incarcerated in the United States prison system. The tough-on-crime policies of the 1980s and 90s that included trying juveniles as adults, eliminating parole, truth in sentencing, the privatization of building prisons, the expansion of mandatory minimum sentencing, three strikes laws and incarcerating low-level drug... read more»

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