ADRIAN, Mich (July 29, 2015) - Adrian College Chaplain Christopher Momany has been asked to serve as one of seven professional writers who will revise a portion of The United Methodist Church’s “Social Principles.” The Social Principles are the denomination’s formal statement regarding matters of ethics and justice.
During late 2014 and 2015 the church’s General Board of Church and Society held several consultations consisting of listening sessions around the world to gather input for a revision of the Social Principles. Almost two hundred people were involved in these consultations, including Momany. Now, the drafting process begins for two of the document’s sections.
Momany has been asked to help write the statement on The Economic Community. This text and a statement addressing environmental issues will serve as samples for consideration by The United Methodist Church’s General Conference, which meets in 2016. The General Conference gathers every four years and makes final determination regarding United Methodist moral positions and missional priorities. By 2020, it is hoped that the entire Social Principles document will be revised for consideration by the General Conference.
“This is exciting work,” noted Momany. “I was grateful for the opportunity to participate in the consultation stage of this effort. Being asked to help draft some of the text is absolutely fantastic.”
Momany’s work in ethics blends traditional theological doctrine and philosophical principle. He has written popular commentaries on the Social Principles, with a specific emphasis on issues of “personhood.” His academic writing explores the way moral theory relates to unexamined assumptions about right and wrong and the wielding of power. He is especially involved in the movement to end human trafficking, commonly referred to as modern-day slavery.
The United Methodist Church represents about 12.5 million people of faith worldwide.
Much of the church’s growth is currently taking place outside the United States, making it increasingly important to consider emerging issues and approaches to Christian practice.