The General Conference of The United Methodist Church convened in May of 2016 in Portland, OR to vote on proposed legislation. Two of GCSRW’s key pieces of legislation passed by the General Conference. The following talking points give a brief rundown of those key pieces of legislation that passed. For more information about Paragraph 4, Article IV, please visit its talking points on our website.
Rationale: Adding “gender” (meaning male and female) to the Constitution affirms and protects the UMC’s commitment to gender equity throughout our worldwide connection. “Gender” is the disciplinary term for fair treatment of women and men (e.g., ¶16).
Rationale: Considering the pervasiveness of pornography, it is important that the Church address the harm that pornography use can cause to individuals, families, and communities. Pornography is notoriously difficult to define, so we must define what it is about pornography that we find objectionable: violence, abuse, coercion, domination, humiliation, and degradation.