Church and Society

What is the actual definition of Church and Society?

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A.¶ 628 of The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church says:
1) The annual conference shall organize a board of church and society or other structure to provide for the functions of this ministry and maintain the connectional relationship between the General Board of Church and Society and the conference, district, and local church, as well as for for church and society responsibilities related to the objectives and scope of work of the General Board of Church and Society as set forth in ¶¶1002-1004.

2) The conference board of church and society or equivalent structure shall be composed of those persons as determined by the annual conference, including, by virtue of their offices, the mission coordinator for social action of the Conference United Methodist Women and members of the General Board of Church and Society from the annual conference shall serve within limits set by ¶¶ 609.6 and 710.5. The conference board of church and society or equivalent structure shall also name a conference Peace with Justice Coordinator who will be responsible for administering the conference Peace with Justice Special Sunday Offering receipts and for coordinating peace and justice ministries.

3) The conference board, in cooperation with the General Board of Church and Society and the annual conference council on ministries, shall develop and promote programs on church and society within the bounds of the conference that include prison ministry and reform concerns. To this end, it may divide its membership into committees of approximately equal size patterned after the organization of the General Board of Church and Society. Committees of the board shall have responsibility to cooperate with one another to advance the respective and mutual concerns of their respective areas in social education, service, witness and action.

4) The conference board of church and society shall serve to connect the General Board of Church and Society and the district and local churches in relating the gospel of Jesus Christ to members of the Church and to the persons and the structures of the communities, nation, and world in which they live. Programs shall be developed that provide education and action on issues confronting the Church consistent with the Social Principles and the policies adopted by the General Conference.

Board Leadership

Rev. Mark T. Whitley | 918-266-4161 |

Rev. Kirt Moelling | 918-455-4202 |

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Peace with Justice Task Force

Connie Harrison | 405-596-3112 |

Connie oversees the Peace with Justice Task Force. Her tasks include playing an integral role in the Social Justice retreats and conferences, and sharing information on matters concerning peace with justice.

Environmental Coalition

Rev. Dr. Mark Y.A. Davies | 405-208-5446 |

leads the Environmental Coalition for the Oklahoma Annual Conference. He helps the Board in providing information and opportunities concerning matters of environmental justice.

Immigration liaison

Rev. Carlos Ramirez | 405-530-2074 |

is the Board's Immigration liaison. The Immigration Task Force, provides opportunities for advocacy and awareness regarding matters of immigration.

Names and District Area


  • Bob Anthony ON
  • Marvin Chiles ON
  • Pat McGarrity ON
  • Debby LeMaster TU
  • Pat Penner CL
  • Mark Shepherd EN
  • Connie Harrison ON
  • Janet Boone ON
  • Justin Dametz ON
  • Lanna Kelley OS
  • Jo Ellen Reed TU


  • Denny Hook AR
  • David Burris
  • Bruce Davis CL
  • Kirt Moelling TU
  • Mark Davies ON
  • Andy Nelms MU
  • David Croninger CL
  • Marcia Shoemaker TU
  • Don Tabberer TU
  • Mark Whitley TU
  • Terry Martindale WO

Task Force Environmental Coalition

Rev. Dr. Mark Y.A. Davies, Rev. Denny Hook, Co-chairpersons

The Environmental Coalition is a task force of the Oklahoma Conference of The United Methodist Church, which reports to the Board of Church and Society. This group was created to address the seriously falling standards of earth stewardship that our state, nation, and world have experienced over the past few decades.

The Coalition seeks to make congregations of the Oklahoma Annual Conference aware of ways and means to increase personal and corporate stewardship of the Earth's resources, to reduce energy usage and costs, and to reduce the use of harmful materials and wasteful activity. Both a biblical and a UM understanding of what it means to be environmentally conscious are used in this coalition's affairs.

Contact Information


Oklahoma City University

ATTN: Dean Mark Davies

2501 N. Blackwelder

Oklahoma City, OK 73106

Special Committee


Rev. Carlos Ramirez, Immigration Liaison

The Immigration Task Force is a group under the Conference Board of Church and Society. This task force seeks to address the issues of the church and the state in relation to matters of immigration.

Today, issues of immigration, rights and privileges of immigrants, illegal immigration, and issues regarding the detaining of illegal immigrants are of continued concern. Also, issues of immigrants fitting peaceably into their communities while maintaining their heritage and culture is very important to this task force.

The Church and Society Board cannot address all issues of justice alone, and this task force, seeks to bring the message of the United Methodist Church and its people to the table on matters of immigration in Oklahoma and beyond.

Contact Information


United Methodist Ministry Center

ATTN: Rev. Carlos Ramirez

1501 NW 24th St

Oklahoma City, OK 73106-3635

Task Force

Peace with Justice

Connie Harrison, chair

The Peace with Justice Task Force is a group under the Conference Board of Church and Society. The group seeks to target issues of social, environmental, political, and restorative justice and provide opportunities to the Oklahoma Annual Conference to learn more and discover ways to bring the peace of Jesus Christ to these issues of justice.

The Church and Society board cannot handle every justice issue alone, and the Peace with Justice Task Force is here to provide information, host retreats, lectures and conferences, and to promote peaceful solutions to some of today's social problems through an attitude of justice for all persons.

Contact Information


Documents and Files Library

Social Principles

Links for more information on Church and Society Issues

Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries (Web site)
How to create a Local Church and Society Committee Church and Society Guidelines

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