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Eligibility and Rights of Associate Members (80012-MH-¶321.1)

Amend ¶321.1 as follows:
  
¶321.1 Associate member shall have the right to vote in the annual conference on all matters except the following: (a) constitutional amendments; (b) election of delegates to the General and jurisdictional or central conferences; (c) and all matters of ordination, character, and conference relations of clergy, unless they are members of the board of ordained ministry (¶634.1).

Rationale

In the 2000 Discipline, the associate members and local pastors serving on the Board of Ordained Ministry did not have the right to vote. In an attempt to correct that inequity, the General Conference of 2004 voted to strike the words “no vote” from ¶634.1. This amendment is an attempt...