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Genes cannot be patented

U.S. Supreme Court reverses 33-year-old decision

For decades, faith community has questioned patenting of God’s creation as ‘marketable commodity.’ read more »

by Wayne Rhodes, Editor, Faith in Action
on June 21, 2013

Social Principles Bulletin Inserts

The General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) has developed bulletin inserts featuring individual United Methodist Social Principles. The resource, designed to be included in church worship bulletins, can be downloaded for free from the agency’s website. The bulletin inserts are in two colors that will reproduce excellently... read more »

Spiritual Discernment: A Guide for Genetic and Reproductive Technologies

A resource offered to the church as a gift for persons who want to study these issues more deeply and also for persons who are personally considering making a decision to undergo these procedures. The guide does not provide answers but provides spiritual reflections for discernment, case studies, factual information... read more »

So much to do

More than a decade addressing so many important women and family issues

The truth about this work: Despite a lot of hard effort and some successes, women's advocate says she never felt as if she was doing enough. read more »

by Linda Bales Todd
on August 06, 2012

Genetic testing, reproductive questions?

Discernment resource offers guidance

Genetic testing and reproductive technologies demand decisions that can be complex, perplexing, agonizing without a sound theological, moral and ethical framework to undergird them. read more »

May 20, 2011

Social Principles bulletin inserts

Resource downloadable from General Board of Church & Society website

12 Social Principles in first release highlight positions on issues such as immigrants, health care, religious minorities, racism and children’s rights. read more »

by Wayne Rhodes, Editor, Faith in Action
on January 18, 2011

2008 election guide

Compares Democratic and Republican platforms with UMC statements

Can be downloaded from Web, links to other political parties. read more »

September 29, 2008

Genetic and reproductive technologies

Free guide offers spiritual discernment

New resource melds theological and scientific information. read more »

March 28, 2008

UMC Opposes Cloning Humans to Produce Babies

A California researcher claims to have cloned mature human embryos from skin cells. read more »

January 18, 2008

Human Cloning: Impacts To Women

Human cloning could have potentially devastating impacts on women. Unfortunately, the physical and psychological risks to women associated with both human reproductive as well as research cloning have received minimal attention in the current U.S. cloning debate. read more »

June 29, 2005

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