“ I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”  John 10:10
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UM Resolutions

Right to Privacy (#5083 2012 BOR)

Theological Statement The Christian faith stresses the dignity of and respect for human personality and the need to protect its privacy. Our human right to privacy has an importance in... Continue reading


The Status of Women (#3444, 2012 BOR)

I. Christianity was born in a world of male preference and dominance. Practices, traditions, and attitudes in almost all societies viewed women as inferior to men, as having few talents... Continue reading


Responsible Parenthood (#2025 2012 BOR)

We affirm the principle of responsible parenthood. The family, in its varying forms, constitutes the primary focus of love, acceptance, and nurture, bringing fulfillment to parents and child. Healthful and... Continue reading


Maternal Health: The Church’s Role (#3203, 2012 BOR)

“I came so that they could have life—indeed, so that they could live to the fullest” (John 10:10). Motherhood is sacred. Mothers are important figures in our... Continue reading

Advocate Profiles

UMC Leadership & Government

At the 2012 General Conference, delegates adopted a resolution written by Healthy Families, Healthy Planet entitled “Maternal Health: The Church’s Role.” Since then HFHP has been working to build episcopal support for global maternal health and family planning through a Bishop Sign-On Letter, co-written with Bishop Beverly Shamana. The following eighteen Bishops are supporters of this effort:

Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr. (San Francisco Episcopal Area)
Bishop Minerva Carcaño (Los Angeles Episcopal Area)
Bishop Ray Chamberlain (Retired)
Bishop Ken Hicks (Retired)
Bishop Scott Jones (Kansas Episcopal Area)
Bishop Charlene P. Kammerer (Retired)
Bishop Deborah L. Kiesey (Michigan Episcopal Area)
Bishop Michael McKee (Dallas Episcopal Area)
Bishop Jane Middleton (Retired)
Bishop Gary Mueller (Arkansas Episcopal Area)
Bishop Albert Frederick Mutti (Retired)
Bishop Joaquina Nhanala (Mozambique Episcopal Area)
Bishop Alfred L. Norris (Retired)
Bishop Gregory V. Palmer (West Ohio Episcopal Area)
Bishop Beverly Shamana (Retired)
Bishop Ann B. Sherer-Simpson (Retired)
Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor (Holston Episcopal Area)
Bishop Hope Morgan Ward (Raleigh Episcopal Area)

Click here to view a copy of our Bishop sign on letter.