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Readiness for Membership (80106-GA-¶4-C)

Amend ¶4 as follows:
  
 4. Article IV. Inclusiveness of the Church-The United Methodist Church is a part of the church universal, which is one Body in Christ. The United Methodist Church acknowledges that all persons are of sacred worth. All persons without regard to race, color, national origin, status,4  or economic condition, shall be eligible to attend its worship services, participate in its programs, receive the sacraments. After satisfactory completion of a membership class within the local church and certification by the local pastor regarding the readiness of the candidate for membership and, upon baptism shall  be admitted as baptized members, and upon taking vows declaring the Christian faith, become professing members in any local church in the connection.5  In The United Methodist Church...

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This amendment would now agree and reflects the intend of paragraph 214.