Petition 81094

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Human Sexuality (81094-C2-¶161.G)

    Amend ¶ 161(G), as follows:
    We recognize that sexuality...
Although all persons are sexual beings whether or not they are married, sexual relations are only clearly affirmed in the marriage bond . We reject all sexual expressions ...
All persons, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, are created in the image of God and are  Homosexual persons no less than heterosexual persons are individuals of sacred worth. All persons need the ministry and guidance of the church in their struggles for human fulfillment, as well as the spiritual and emotional care of a fellowship that enables reconciling relationships with God, with others, and with self.   The United Methodist Church does not condone the practice of homosexuality and consider this practice incompatible with Christian teaching . We affirm that God's grace is available to all, and we will seek to live together in Christian community. We implore families and churches not to reject or condemn lesbian and gay members and friends. We commit ourselves to be in ministry for and with all persons.


Rationale

    1.    Jesus demonstrated love for all people and especially welcomed those whom society had marginalized (a repeated theme throughout the four Gospels of the canon).  
        2.   “What God has made clean, you must not call unclean.”  (Acts 10:15b)