Last updated on: 3/3/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

United Methodist Church Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
Reasoning:

“The United Methodist Church declares its opposition to the retention and use of capital punishment and urges its abolition.”

“Opposition to Capital Punishment,” Book of Resolutions, 2000

Description:

“Deliberately, The United Methodist Church has no single central office, no archbishop, no pope. This reflects the representative nature of the church’s organization – which also provides a system of checks and balances.

The church created a system that in some ways parallels that of the U.S. government when it came to America. The church has a General Conference, its legislative branch; a Council of Bishops, somewhat like an executive branch; and a nine-member Judicial Council, the judicial branch.”

“Structure & Organization: Governance,” www.umc.org (accessed July 29, 2008)

Mission:

“The mission of The United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ.”

“Homepage,” www.umc.org (accessed July 29, 2008)

Other:
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Quoted in:
  1. Does Christianity Support the Death Penalty?