The draft of the revised Social Principles was released Thursday after years of listening and writing sessions. Rev. Dan Dick, Assistant to Bishop Hee-Soo Jung, was part of the revision team with General Board of Church and Society. United Methodists are invited to weigh in on the content throughout the following months.

The draft and the mechanism through which individuals can submit comment are accessible at UMCJustice.org/sp2020. The draft and subsequent materials are available in English, French, Portuguese and Swahili.

General Conference in 2012 tasked the General Board of Church and Society with conducting listening sessions across the connection. From these listening sessions, Church and Society concluded that the Social Principles needed to be more theologically grounded, more globally relevant, and more succinct. At the 2016 General Conference, Church and Society was further tasked with bringing revised Social Principles to the 2020 General Conference. Readers of the draft will notice that two sections are not drafted: “Human Sexuality” and “Rights of Persons of All Sexual Orientations and Gender Identities.” Church and Society has decided to be informed by the actions of the special session of the General Conference regarding the content for these sections. Following the called session of the General Conference in 2019, language will be developed in preparation for the 2020 General Conference.

The opportunity to weigh in on the draft will run until the end of August. At which point, an editorial team will compile the feedback and edit the document for presentation to the General Board of Church and Society.

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