Petition 81084

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Change Retirement Age (81084-MH-¶359.1)

  Amend ¶359.1 as follows:
1. Mandatory Retirement-Every clergy member of an annual conference who will have attained age seventy-three on or before July 1 in the year in which the conference is held shall automatically be retired.49

Rationale

The general health and longevity of the nation has increased. The number of qualified dedicated United Methodist Church pastors is declining creating a shortage. The Social Security Administration; i.e. the Federal Government; is gradually raising the age of full retirement. The airline industry has long had a mandatory retirement age...