Press Release: General Board of Pension and Health Benefits to Hold Listening Session

For Immediate Release
February 20, 2015

Contact: M. Colette Nies, Managing Director, Communications
(847) 866-4296 or

Glenview, IL—The General Board of Pension and Health Benefits of The United Methodist Church (GBPHB) invites interested plan participants and other constituents to address the board of directors during a Listening Session on Friday, March 6, 2015 (11:30 a.m.) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The GBPHB board of directors’ Listening Session gives board members an opportunity to hear points of view related to the mission and work of the agency. Short, 10-minute presentations provide the option to participate in person or by conference call, video/DVD to be played, or by mail/e-mail message to be read during the Listening Session at the discretion of the board chairperson. The Listening Sessions are held during the regularly scheduled board meetings in various jurisdictions during the year.

To place your name and topic on the agenda and for specific presentation requirements, please contact Colette Nies by February 27 at 1-800-269-2244 (extension 4296) or at


About the General Board
The General Board of Pension and Health Benefits (GBPHB) is a not-for-profit administrative agency of The United Methodist Church, with Church-authorized fiduciary responsibility for the benefit plans it administers and the assets it invests.

Prudent investment management decisions are an ongoing, long-term priority, supporting benefit plans for over 91,000 participants and approximately $21 billion in assets managed on their behalf, and for many United Methodist-affiliated endowments, foundations and other institutions. This fiduciary obligation reflects the stated values of the Church and helps ensure financial, environmental and social sustainability across all investments.

GBPHB is the largest reporting faith-based pension fund and among the top 100 pension funds in the United States. As a sustainable investor, GBPHB is committed to active ownership through corporate and public policy engagement, proxy voting and the management of excessive sustainability risk. Through its Positive Social Purpose Lending program, GBPHB invests in affordable housing, community development and expanded loan opportunities for disadvantaged communities worldwide.



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