The North Carolina Conference Board of Church and Society seeks to relate the gospel of Jesus Christ to the members of our churches and to the persons and structures of the communities and world in which they live. We seek to equip churches, their pastors, and their membership to bring the whole of human life, activities, possessions, use of resources, and community and world relationships into conformity with the will of God.
UNITED METHODIST AFFIRMATIONS AND BELIEFS ON SEXUAL ABUSE AND HARASSMENT
WHAT WE BELIEVE in terms of sexual harassment, abuse, and violence:
We believe human sexuality is God’s good gift. One abuse of this good gift is sexual harassment. We define sexual harassment as any unwanted sexual comment, advance, or demand, either verbal or physical, that is reasonably perceived by the recipient as demeaning, intimidating, or coercive. Sexual harassment must be understood as an exploitation of a power relationship rather than as an exclusively sexual issue. Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, the creation of a hostile or abusive working environment resulting from discrimination on the basis of gender.
Contrary to the nurturing community, sexual harassment creates improper, coercive, and abusive conditions wherever it occurs in society. Sexual harassment undermines the social goal of equal opportunity and the climate of mutual respect between men and women. Unwanted sexual attention is wrong and discriminatory. Sexual harassment interferes with the moral mission of the Church.
Violent, disrespectful, or abusive sexual expressions do not confirm sexuality as God’s good gift. We reject all sexual expressions that damage the humanity God has given us as birthright, and we affirm only that sexual expression that enhances that same humanity….
Sexual assault is wrong. We affirm the right of all people to live free from such assaults, encourage efforts of law enforcement to prosecute such crimes, and condemn rape in any form. It does not matter where the person is, what the person is wearing, whether or not he or she is intoxicated, if he or she is flirtatious, what is the victim’s gender, or any other circumstance.
United Methodist Book of Discipline, Social Principles, “The Nurturing Community”
Here you will find multiple resources for education, response, and advocacy.
Statistics on sexual violence from Faith Trust Institute. http://www.
“What religious leaders can do to respond to sexual violence” from FaithTrust Institute. http://www.
“Healing from Abuse: How to be a resource for survivors” recorded webinar from FaithTrust Institute. http://www.
United Methodist Women’s “I Believe You” Faith’s Response to Intimate Partner Violence documentary trailer, toolkit and discussion guide: https://www.
List of books on domestic violence
General Commission on the Status and Role of Women http://gcsrw.org/
United Methodist Sexual Ethics http://umsexualethics.org/
Inclusive Conversations Event: Thursday, November 16, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Centenary UMC, New Bern (Sound District)
Your Rights to Protest and Participate in Demonstrations
The American Civil Liberties Union has some helpful information on participating in protests and demonstrations.
Want to get to know or write your senator or congressional representative? Here is a link to GovTrack to find out more about those persons as well as get their contact information.
Part of the work of the Board is the Peace with Justice (PWJ) Program. More information about PWJ, including the grant requirements and application, are available here.
Play “SPENT” – an online poverty simulation presented by Urban Ministries of Durham
|The Healthy Families, Healthy Planet initiative, funded by a grant from the United Nations Foundation, works to educate and mobilize United Methodists in the U.S. on the importance of maternal health and international family planning. Through grassroots education with targeted annual conferences and advocacy efforts with policy makers, the goal of the project is to achieve higher levels of foreign aid for international family planning through the U.S. government.Healthy Families, Healthy Planet is a program initiative of the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society.|
The Social Principles, while not to be considered church law, are a prayerful and thoughtful effort on the part of the General Conference to speak to the human issues in the contemporary world from a sound biblical and theological foundation as historically demonstrated in United Methodist traditions. They are a call to faithfulness and are intended to be instructive and persuasive in the best of the prophetic spirit.
2008 Book of Discipline, page 97
Test your knowledge of some of our Social Principles by taking this short quiz.