Petition 81220

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Litigation (81220-CO-¶604)

   Add new subparagraph 604.15 to ¶ 604:
   15. The annual conference shall not initiate litigation in the civil courts against other Christians. The annual conference shall not voluntarily become a co-litigant in such lawsuits initiated by others. The annual conference shall prevent conference agencies from initiating or joining in such lawsuits.

Rationale

The General Rules (¶ 103, p. 73), 1 Corinthians 6:1-8, and earlier Methodist and EUB Disciplines prohibited Christians’ suing other Christians. Acts contradicting the General Rules violate the Fifth Restrictive Rule (¶ 21) and are unconstitutional.