Petition 81054

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Ministerial Candidates (81054-FO-¶304.3)

Amend ¶ 304.3 as follows:

   While persons set apart by the Church for ordained ministry are subject to all the frailties of the human condition and the pressures of society, they are required to maintain the highest standards of holy living in the world.  What is sometimes referred to as the The practice of homosexuality is incompatible with much past Christian teaching, but  Christians of good faith today differ on this issue.  Therefore self-avowed practicing homosexuals are not to be certified as candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in The United Methodist Church.  it shall be the responsibility of each annual conference to determine how it will evaluate homosexuality as it relates to fitness for ministry.


This proposed change respects the wide diversity of opinion in our denomination and at the same time clarifies the status of the annual conference as "the basic body in the Church" that determines "all matters relating to the character and conference relations of its clergy members..." (¶ 33, 2004 Discipline).