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Eligibility for Membership (80100-LC-¶214)

    Amend ¶214 of the Book of Discipline as follows:
    Eligibility—The United Methodist Church...and become members in any local church in the connection (P. 4). Conscientious disagreement with, or failure fully to live up to, statements in the Social Principles shall not constitute grounds for denial of professing membership. In the case of persons whose disabilities...

Rationale

    The church is a place of belonging, nurture, and service for persons of diverse insights and experiences who are following Christ together. We do not require uniformity of view on every issue touched on in the Social Principles, nor do we expect perfection as a threshold requirement for entry.