The Basic Documents

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These are the adopted documents carrying the Council of Bishops’ message to United Methodists and all people of good will, God’s Renewed Creation: Call to Hope and Action:

  • The Pastoral Letter – The essential document for reading/sharing aloud by pastors and leaders in services of worship, gatherings, classes or events.
  • Pastoral Letter in Liturgical Setting – a form of the Pastoral Letter that includes liturgical elements of responsive lament, confession, and call to action for congregational or group participation.
  • Foundation Document – background in the preface, and more in-depth treatment of the message and calls to action in the Pastoral Letter.
  • Study Guides - for groups of adults and young people (6 sessions), and an introduction for Leaders of groups.
  • Each document is available in 6 languages; study guides are available in English.
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