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“The Social Principles are not church law. Instead, they represent the prayerful and earnest efforts of the General Conference to speak to issues in the contemporary world from a sound biblical and theological foundation that is in keeping with the best of our United Methodist traditions.” – Preface, the Social Principles

In order to live into our identity as a global church, the General Conference called Church and Society to lead a revision of the Social Principles. General Secretary, Susan Henry-Crowe, recently introduced the published revision saying, “The 2020 revised Social Principles conserves this tradition, producing a resource for mission and ministry the entire church can use.”

The new document was created with feedback from thousands of United Methodists across Africa, the Philippines, the United States, and Eurasia. It is available to download using the links below in several languages. If you would like to be notified when another language is available for download, please click here.

To learn about the history behind the UMC Social Principles, click here to watch the 6:25 minute video. Are you interested in learning how you can use the Social Principles for sermons, as teaching aids, or as a prayer guide? Click here to download the Resource for Mission and Ministry. If you are want to be contacted when the new Social Principle cards are ready, click here.

To read more about the Social Principles and it’s final review and approval scheduled for May during General Conference 2020, click here.

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