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The Petition is adopted as amended as follows:
Revise Resolution 164 as follows:
  
#164 Annual Conferences, Districts and Local Congregations Responsibilities  for Eradication of to Eradicate Racism
  
  WHEREAS, conferences, districts and local communities within the United States are becoming more diverse; and
  
WHEREAS, it is predicted that within the United States, the population of persons of European descent will be less than 50 percent before 2050; and
  
WHEREAS, racism has been a systemic and personal problem within the U.S. and The United Methodist Church (UMC) and its predecessor denominations since its inception; and  
  
WHEREAS, The UMC is committed to the eradication of racism; and
  
WHEREAS, it takes significant change, learning, time and healing to eradicate racism; and
  
WHEREAS, it takes significant attitudinal and systemic change to learn and to incorporate the gifts and contributions of the different racial-ethnic persons within the church's ministry, structures, and mission; and
  
Whereas, since 1980 the Charter for Racial Justice Policies has served as an articulation of  United Methodist understanding of the biblical
imperative for the eradication of racism and a guide for action (#161 BOR - A Charter for Racial Justice Policies in an Interdependent Global Community)
  
Therefore, be it resolved, that every annual conference, districts and local congregations, (including the structures of United Methodist Women) within the U.S. have a strategy and program which educates and supports systemic and personal changes to end racism and work multiculturally, and
  
Be it further resolved, that an educational program which will include understanding systemic racism, a strategy for its eradication, appreciation and valuation of diversity, and guidelines for working with different groups in communities towards becoming an inclusive church be offered at least yearly within the annual conference,  and
  
Be it further resolved, that all clergy and lay leadership be encouraged to participate in such programs and that all newly ordained clergy be required to participate in these programs, and
  
Be it further resolved that between 2008 and 2012, the Women’s Division of the General Board of Global Ministries and the General Commission on Religion and Race make available to annual conferences, districts and local congregations resources such as the Charter for Racial Justice Policies and the Reflection and Action Planning Resource to assist them in their efforts, and

Be it further resolved, that the General Commission on Religion and Race, in cooperation with the Women’s Division of the General Board of Global Ministries, include as part of its design and implement a review process the adherence of annual conferences, districts and local congregations in equipping and supporting leadership to eradicate racism and work multiculturally, and that information on programs developed and implemented within  as annual conferences, districts and local congregations  develop  and implement programs,results will be forwarded by the Conference Commission on Religion and Race (or other conference structures dealing with those responsibilities) to the General Commission on Religion and Race. and the Women’s Division  to provide a basis for recommendation for any necessary amendments to the Charter for Racial Justice Policies.

Adopted 2000                  
See Social Principles, ΒΆ 162A.