Lenten Series 2017 Week Four


    When the Church Speaks
    What does it mean and what can we do?
    A Look at our Social Principles

    Since its first Social Creed in 1908,  the Methodist Church has taken positions on social and political issues relevant to the current time. These positions are grounded in our faith and rooted in scripture. Our current Social Principles cover a variety of subjects including food safety, bullying, pornography, rights of immigrants, mental health, poverty, graft and corruption, the death penalty, war and peace and much more. Our series on the Social Principles will scratch the surface of these topics while also delving deeper into the values system and dialogue that leads to the development of these principles for our global church.

    In our fourth session, we will explore The Economic Community. Our presenter will be Eliezer Valentin-Castonin from Trinity UMC.
    Our Social Principles tell us that: “We claim all economic systems to be under the judgment of God no less than other facets of the created order. Therefore, we recognize the responsibility of governments to develop and implement sound fiscal and monetary policies that provide for the economic life of individuals and corporate entities and that ensure full employment and adequate incomes with a minimum of inflation. We believe private and public economic enterprises are responsible for the social costs of doing business, such as employment and environmental pollution, and that they should be held accountable for these costs. We support measures that would reduce the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few. We further support efforts to revise tax structures and to eliminate governmental support programs that now benefit the wealthy at the expense of other persons.”

    Topics found in the Social Principles: Economic Community include:

    1. Property
    2. Collective Bargaining
    3. Work and Leisure
    4. Consumption
    5. Poverty
    6. Foreign Workers
    7. Gambling
    8. Family Farms
    9. Corporate Responsibility
    10. Finance
    11. Trade and Investment
    12. Graft and Corruption
    13. Public Indebtedness

    You can read further about the Social Principles: Economic Community at http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/economic-community.

    The 2017 Lenten series continues to be held on Wednesday evening, beginning with a community meal at 6:00 p.m., followed by devotion scriptures, prayers, and songs. The study will begin at 7:00 p.m. Activities for children will be provided. We hope you will join us.


    Sponsored by the Church in Society Team