May 3, 2004 GC04-052
By Linda Green*
(UMNS) — The United Methodist Church’s belief in family as the place
where individuals are nurtured and sustained compelled delegates to
adopt legislation to strengthen African-American family life.
to the denomination’s top legislative body amended and readopted a
resolution stating that while all types of families are affected by
economic and social change, today’s African-American families face
problems of epidemic proportions, such as violence within the
geographical community, new and virulent health problems, a high rate of
cardiovascular illness and economic stress.
an effort to make more people aware of the problems black families
face, the delegates mandated that the United Methodist Board of
Discipleship identify or create resources and materials to assist local
congregations in developing mentoring, counseling and referral programs,
which include implementing strategies for strengthening
African-American family life. Delegates also called on the discipleship
agency to produce listings of the resources and distribute and promote
them in each of the church’s 63 annual conferences.
Board of Discipleship is the church agency that provides resources and
services to help church leaders build systems that enable every
congregation to fulfill its primary task of making disciples of Jesus
*Green is a United Methodist News Service news writer.
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