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That Fourth Book

July 12, 2019

I hope and pray we all someday take the Good News of The Gospel as seriously as some of us have taken parts of The Book of Resolutions.

[NOTE: If you wonder what it means to be on our 4th book in this series, back up and review my last three blogs here. You’ll be glad you did.]

The United Methodist Book of Resolutions “is not a book that you will sit down to read from cover to cover.

You might not get acquainted with these resolutions until you are in the midst of some controversy in your congregation, or something happens regarding a particular subject in your community (or state, or nation). You may find that your denomination’s policies give you more ‘food for thought.’

Maybe you will agree with the denomination’s position.

On the other hand, you may disagree. Individuals or groups in the congregation can seek to change policy with which they disagree by petitioning the General Conference to amend, replace, or delete resolutions.”

That says it well! It’s from this link, where you’ll also find several excellent FAQs (though written regarding the 2012 edition of this book, its purpose is the same) —

https://www.umofficialresources.com/help/bor_users_guide.html

— And a bit more recent overview is this: “The Book of Resolutions provides models for applying an active faith to daily life in ways that can impact the world around us.

“The Book of Resolutions contains all current social policies adopted by the General Conference of The United Methodist Church.

“It includes positions on more than 200 subjects, organized into sections: The Natural World, The Political Community, The Nurturing Community, The World Community, The Social Community, and The Economic Community.”

That’s from —

https://www.cokesbury.com/The-Book-of-Resolutions-of-The-United-Methodist-Church-2016-1?refq=book%20of%20resolutions.

— Someone has said, “It’s the positions we’ve talked about and taken on issues.”

So what, you ask? As an ordained, working pastor in our denomination, I am bound by the contents of this book.

Personally? I hope and pray we all someday take the Good News of The Gospel as seriously as some of us have taken parts of The Book of Resolutions.

 

 

 

 

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