Pastor Scott, Deacon Barb, and Lisa Goodale went together to represent our church at a Northern Illinois Conference event held in Chicago regarding proposed changes to the United Methodist Church's "Social Principles," which are found in the UMC Book fo Discipline. These Social Principles serve as a prophetic voice guiding United Methodists in how to call for social justice and change on a wide variety of topics. This document hasn't been thoroughly updated since around 1972, and the times we're living in are certainly a bit different than back then!
Pastor Scott, Deacon Barb, and Lisa all participated in groups which recommended additions, subtractions, and adjustments to verbiage in the proposed changes to the Social Principles. The General Board of Church and Society is gathering feedback from all over the nation about this new draft of the Social Principles. The final draft will be voted on at General Conference 2020. How exciting that members of our church had a voice in this process!