Proposed Social Issues Document

In 2014, The Executive Board of the Brethren Church charged the Social Issues Task Force with the responsibility of revisiting and redrafting the original “Brethren Positions On Social Issues.” That document, which was a compilation of position statements written between 1985 and 1991, had become dated, and it was generally accepted that a revision was needed.

Toward that end, the Task Force set about broadening and redefining those issues that were felt to be of special significance for the life of The Brethren Church in North America. The Task Force has sought to honor the creators of the former document whose intention was that their efforts “be used as an aid in understanding The Brethren Church, and an encouragement for its membership to act redemptively in the world.” We are grateful for their work and our prayer is that this might also be true of what we have produced!

Below are links to several explanatory articles and videos as well as a copy of the Amended Proposed Social Issues Statement.

As the 2016 Conference has asked, please read through this document with your church and come prepared to the 2017 General Conference for the discussion and adoption of this statement

Suggesting Changes to the Social Issues Document:

If you have any changes to propose to the Social Issues document, they must be presented in writing to the General Conference secretary, when the motion to approve the Social Issues document is on the floor of the conference. 

To aid in the expediency of this process, it is strongly recommended that if you have any proposed changes, you send them to the Social Issues Task Force, c/o Jane Wilcox: This will allow the Social Issues Task Force to review changes and have them reconciled and ready for the work of General Conference. The deadline to send changes to the task force is June 20, 2017.

You will still need to bring your proposed changes, in writing, to General Conference!

Download Proposed Social Issues Statement




Supporting Media:


September/October 2016 Social Issues Article