Last updated on: 3/25/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

United Methodist Church (UMC) Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should All Americans Have the Right (Be Entitled) to Health Care?"
Reasoning:

“Health care is a basic human right. Providing the care needed to maintain health, prevent disease, and restore health after injury or illness is a responsibility each person owes others and government owes to all, a responsibility government ignores at its peril. In Ezekiel 34:4a, God points out the failures of the leadership of Israel to care for the weak: ‘You have not strengthened the weak, you have not healed the sick, you have not bound up the injured.’ As a result all suffer…

The right to health care includes care for persons with brain diseases, neurological conditions, or physical disabilities, who must be afforded the same access to health care as all other persons in our communities. It is unjust to construct or perpetuate barriers to physical or mental wholeness or full participation in community.
We believe it is a governmental responsibility to provide all citizens with health care.”

“Right to Health Care,” umc.org (accessed Mar. 25, 2010)

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Description:

“On April 23, 1968, The United Methodist Church was created when Bishop Reuben H. Mueller, representing The Evangelical United Brethren Church, and Bishop Lloyd C. Wicke of The Methodist Church joined hands at the constituting General Conference in Dallas, Texas. With the words, “Lord of the Church, we are united in Thee, in Thy Church and now in The United Methodist Church,” the new denomination was given birth by two churches that had distinguished histories and influential ministries in various parts of the world.

Theological traditions steeped in the Protestant Reformation and Wesleyanism, similar ecclesiastical structures, and relationships that dated back almost two hundred years facilitated the union…

When The United Methodist Church was created in 1968, it had approximately 11 million members, making it one of the largest Protestant churches in the world.”

“History: Our Story,” umc.org (accessed Feb. 22, 2010)

Mission:

“Why does the church exist? According to Matthew’s Gospel, the risen Christ made it clear: ‘Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you’ (28:19-20).

Based on this ‘Great Commission,’ our United Methodist Church has stated its purpose: ‘The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Local churches provide the most significant arena through which disciple-making occurs’ (From The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church—2008, p. 87. Copyright © 2008 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission).

So the mission of our congregation is to make disciples. This is a four-fold task….We could abbreviate our mission as one of welcoming-worshiping-nurturing-sending.”

“Mission and Ministry,” www.umc.org (accessed Feb. 22, 2010)

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Contact Info:
Phone
615-742-5406, Office of Public Information
Email
infoserv@umcom.org
Website
umc.org
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