Petition 81157

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Inclusiveness (81157-GA-ΒΆ4-C)

Amend Paragraph 4, Article IV of the Constitution as follows:


    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 and that we are in ministry to all.  All persons without regard to race, color, national origin, status or economic condition  who seek relationship in Jesus Christ shall be eligible to attend its worship services, participate in its programs, receive the sacraments, upon baptism be admitted as baptized members, and upon taking vows declaring the Christian faith, become professing members in any local church in the connection. In the United Methodist Church no conference or other organizational unit of the Church shall be structured so as to exclude any member or any constituent body  of the Church because of race, color, national origin, status or economic condition .

Rationale

As United Methodists, we proclaim that all persons are of sacred worth.  To give fullest expression to this belief, our language should be as broad and inclusive as we believe God’s grace is.