Petition 80128

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Add new resolution to the Book of Resolutions that reads as follows:

Whereas, The United Methodist Church recognizes the leadership of young people within the church; and

Whereas, young people of The United Methodist Church are called by God to serve in leadership roles at the local, district, and conference levels; and

Whereas, a church-wide effort in recruiting and retaining young people’s participation is growing; and

Whereas, the time constraints of young people through school, career, and family are great, making accessibility to leadership roles difficult;

Therefore, be it resolved, that in choosing dates and times for all
meetings of United Methodist Church boards and agencies, utmost importance is given to the consideration of times, dates, and places between all conferences that will make young people’s participation as great as possible.



Therefore, be it further resolved, that in choosing dates and times for

district, annual/central and general conference meetings that utmost

importance is given to the consideration of allowing as many youth and

young adult delegates to actively participate as is possible.

Rationale

Young people have worked to gain voice on boards and agencies in order to serve God, but that voice is often dismissed due to meeting times that take place during school and first-career hours. Young people want to share with the Church, but oftentimes find it impossible to do so.