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The Petition is amended as follows:
WHEREAS the Methodist Mission Sending Society commonly known as the Mission Society has been in active missionary work for over 25 years, and
WHEREAS the Mission Society has provided added opportunities for United Methodists to engage in mission and has conducted itself with Christian grace and cooperation, and  
WHEREAS the General Board of Global Missions and the Mission Society have worked collaboratively and with other mission sending agencies from time to time, and
WHEREAS there has for too long been some attitudes of competitiveness around the notions of shared ministry between the official mission work of the United Methodist Church and the Mission Society, and
WHEREAS we believe cooperation rather than competition is the better way for the church,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that The United Methodist Church acknowledge and comment the positive contribution to the work of mission through the Mission Society and that furthermore the General Board of Global Ministry develop new conversations and liaisons with the Mission Society for new and ongoing partnerships in areas of mutual concern.
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we encourage Bishops, Cabinets, and Annual Conferences to acknowledge and support, where appropriate, those individuals and projects associated with the work of the Mission Society.