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Biblical Language (80442-FO-R344)

Revise Resolution 344 as follows:
#344: Biblical Language
Whereas, The United Methodist Church affirms the use of biblical language and images in worship and in our common life together, and affirms the use of language that reflects the long standing commitment to the inclusiveness and diversity of the United Methodist members and constituencies.
Whereas, the use of metaphors of color, darkness, ability and age in negative ways has had a harmful effect.
Therefore, be it resolved, that United Methodist clergy and laity  use diverse metaphorical images from the Bible, including masculine/feminine metaphors; use language for humans that reflects both male and female; use metaphors of color, darkness, ability and age in positive rather than exclusively negative ways; and  
Be it further resolved, that all publications, audiovisual media, online resources and other communication materials of the United Methodist Church shall reflect the diverse biblical metaphors, as well as language that reflects the diversity and inclusiveness of humanity.
Adopted 1988
Revised and Adopted 2000