General Board of Church & Society

About General Board of Church & Society

The United Methodist General Board of Church and Society, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is that agency of the church charged with promoting the church's social witness, and to help all United Methodists connect their faith with the broader society.

On the DACA/DAPA Supreme Court decision

“Separating children from their parents is immoral and is contrary to the teachings of Jesus Christ and The United Methodist Church.” – The Rev. Dr. Susan Henry Crowe and Bishop Elias Galvan A statement on the June 23, 2016 decision by the Supreme Court: Today, the Supreme Court of the United States – in a […]

We Can Pray and Grieve, but then We Must Act

A response to the Orlando massacre by The Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe June 13, 2016 Lamentation for those who suffer hate and violence Crimes of hate that terrorize any of God’s children are abhorrent and intolerable. This time it is against LGBTQ persons and communities. Persons in the LGBTQ community were targeted because of who […]

GBCS leader responds to church burnings

The Reverend Susan Henry-Crowe, General Secretary of the General Board of Church and Society, released a statement today calling for “Christians who claim a Methodist heritage” to demonstrate love and support for African American churches which have been the victims of arson over the past several weeks. “The burning of many black churches in recent […]

A call to multi-faith solidarity

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign calls on clergy and religious communities to remember the lives of the three American Muslims killed in Chapel Hill, N.C., Feb. 10 by incorporating scriptural calls to love into religious services this weekend. Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign is partnering with the Noor Islamic Cultural Center and the […]

Social-justice agency applauds President Obama’s intention to normalize U.S. relations with Cuba

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) of The United Methodist Church applauds President Barack Obama’s instructions to Secretary of State John Kerry to immediately begin discussions with Cuba with the intent of re-establishing diplomatic relations, including re-opening an embassy in Havana. Our Methodist, ecumenical partners, and CIEMAL (Council of Evangelical […]

Sudan urged to stop death penalty for woman who converted to Christianity

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The General Board of Church & Society of The United Methodist Church calls upon the government of Sudan to set aside the sentence of capital punishment handed down to Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag for converting to Christianity. We strongly denounce this sentence and urge the government of Sudan to meet its obligations […]

Henry-Crowe to be installed as GBCS General Secretary Feb. 27

CHEVY CHASE, Md. — The Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe will formally be installed as General Secretary of the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) during a worship service Thursday, Feb. 27. The installation service will take place at 7 p.m. at Chevy Chase United Methodist Church here. The installation of Henry-Crowe as […]

‘Standards of Immigration Reform’ fall far short of what’s needed

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) has issued a statement declaring the Standards for Immigration Reform released Thursday by Republicans in the House of Representatives falls far short of the solutions needed to reform U.S. immigration laws. “In fact, the standards are a step in the wrong direction, according to […]

2014 Ethnic/minority young adult summer internship deadlines

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Deadlines have been announced to apply for a 2014 Ethnic Young Adult (EYA) Summer Internship in social justice placements in the U.S. capital. The EYA program is for persons, ages 18-22 from United Methodist racial/ethnic minority caucuses and Central Conferences, who have an interest in exploring issues of public policy, social justice […]