ADRIAN, Mich. (Nov. 10, 14) – Adrian College Chaplain Christopher Momany has been invited to join a major review of The United Methodist Church’s “Social Principles.” The Social Principles serve as the denomination’s central document regarding matters of ethics and social justice. They are included in the church’s Book of Discipline. Momany will travel to Washington D.C. January 23-24 to take part in a consultation.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to join an exciting mission,” said Dr. Momany. “I am especially intrigued by the theological and global nature of our task. United Methodist theology expresses a unique approach to the redemption offered through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. This embrace and renewal is open to all – and more particularly, to each and every person. That establishes powerful motivation for global sensitivity and inclusion.”
Worldwide, The United Methodist Church represents about 12.5 million people of faith. As a way to revisit the Social Principles, the denomination’s General Board of Church and Society is holding a series of consultations in different locations around the globe. Each consultation will include approximately twenty people. Consultations in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Mozambique have been completed, followed by a gathering in the Philippines. A consultation will take place in Prague, Czech Republic during December. Two consultations will be held in the United States in early 2015.
The consultations aim to help the Social Principles become more succinct, theologically founded, and globally relevant. Findings of the meetings will be shared with the 2016 United Methodist General Conference, the church’s highest policy-making body.
The General Board of Church and Society hopes that its preliminary findings and recommendations will lead to a comprehensive updating of the Social Principles during the denomination’s 2020 General Conference.