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The Social Principles Today and Tomorrow

The United Methodist Social Principles are entering a new era. Many hard-working church leaders are hosting a global conversation about these principles. How should they be re-framed and re-configured for the future?

The World is Still our Parish

It is a cliché, at best, to say that The United Methodist Church faces a time of crisis. A great part of our difficulty revolves around institutional identity and how we should relate to the surrounding culture.

A Higher Law

The higher law tradition will always be something beyond the grasp of political fad and seasonal abusers of human rights. Thank God for that. I mean it. Thank God for that. This thread of political thinking is not held hostage to either reactionary right or trendy left.

Faith Lived Out: What does it mean for the Social Principles to be “Social”?

The Wesleyan tradition is awash with misunderstanding. This is, in large part, because people of faith are just as skilled at talking past one another as anyone else. Take the “Social Principles” of The United Methodist Church. They are invoked, quoted, yanked out of context, and referenced in passing to argue this or that theological […]