United Methodists do not need to agree on every issue. These are not "Church Law". They are intended to be instructive and persuasive in the best prophetic spirit.
"Our belief in the sanctity of unborn human life makes us reluctant to approve abortion. But we are equally bound to respect the sacredness of the life and the well-being of the mother and the unborn child.
We believe water is a sacred gift from God. We further believe water is a basic human right and not a commodity to be traded for profit.
We support efforts of all governments to require mandatory reductions in greenhouse gas emission and call on individuals, congregations, industries, and communities to reduce their emissions.
Criminal Justice Reform
In the Love of Christ, who came to save those who are lost and vulnerable, we urge the creation of a genuinely new system for the care and restoration of victims, offenders, criminal justice officials, and community as a whole.
We believe the death penalty denies the power of Christ to redeem, restore and transform all human beings.
We claim all economic systems to under the judgment of God no less than other facets of created order.
All creation is the Lord's and we are responsible for the ways in which we use and abuse it.
God deplores violence in our homes and streets, rebukes the world's waring madness, humbles the powerful and lifts the lowly.
Health Care is a basic human right
HIV / Aids
We support the rights of [all individuals living with HOV / Aids] to employment, appropriate medical care, full participation in public education, and full participation in the Church.
We deplore all forms of commercialization and exploitation of sex. To lose freedom and be sold by someone else is for sexual purposes is a form of slavery, and we denounce such business and support the abused and their right to freedom.
Hunger and Poverty
As a Church, we are called to support the poor and challenge the rich. To begin to alleviate poverty, we support such policies as: adequate income maintenance, quality education, decent housing, job training, meaningful employment, adequate medical and hospital care, humanization and radical revisions of welfare programs, work for peace in conflict areas, and efforts to protect creation's integrity.
We oppose immigration policies that separate family members from each other or that include detention of families with children, and we call upon local churches to be in ministry with immigrant families.
Every person has a right to a job at a living wage.
The UMC pledges to foster policies that promote compassion, advocate for the access to care and eradicate stigma within the church and in communities.