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The Petition is adopted as amended as follows:
Bishops to encompass peacemaking in teaching what it means to live the United Methodist way, engage in conflict resolution where appropriate, and offer a prophetic voice for peace and justice.
      The 2008 General Conference calls upon 
bBoards and agencies to incorporate peacemaking into their regular programs and budgets. , including but not limited to the following:
  • The General Board of Discipleship to develop, publish, and distribute Christian education material on the biblical basis of peace and justice and ways in which children, youth, and adults can be peacemakers and seekers of justice and to publish devotional material for peacemakers.
  • The General Board of Church and Society to serve as public policy advocate for actions that promote peace and oppose war, to provide resources on peacemaking to annual conferences and local congregations, and to facilitate training for nonviolence that applies Jesus’ teaching in the Sermon on the Mount.
  • The General Board of Global Ministries, its Women’s Division, and United Methodist Women to continue and augment peacemaking activities in their ministries in the United States and around the globe.
  • The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry to work with United Methodist seminaries and Africa University for encouragement of research, teaching, and publications on the theology of peace and methods of peacemaking and peace building with justice.
  • United Methodist seminaries to incorporate the theology of peace across the curriculum and to provide training for peacemaking to students, clergy and laity.
  • JUSTPEACE: Center for Mediation and Conflict Transformation to promote a culture of just peace in the church and in the world and to provide training for peacemaking practitioners within annual conferences and local congregations.
  • The General Commissions on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns, Religion and Race, the Status and Role of Women, and United Methodist Men to illuminate causes of injustice and intergroup tension, engage in advocacy for peace and justice, provide training for conflict resolution, and become instruments of peace.
  • The Connectional Table to facilitate cooperation among United Methodist boards, agencies, conferences, and congregations on peacemaking endeavors.