Petition 80013

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Voting Rights of Associate Members (80013-MH-¶602.1c)

Amend ¶602.1.c as follows:
  
¶602.1.c) Associate and affiliate clergy members shall have the right to vote in the annual conference on all matters except constitutional amendments, election of clergy delegates to the General and jurisdictional or central conferences, and matters of ordination, character and conference relations of clergy, unless they are members of the board of ordained ministry (¶634.1).

Rationale

Reference to affiliate members is deleted because ¶344.4 states that they do not have the right to vote in the annual conference with which they are affiliated. Rather their voting membership is retained in their home annual conference.
  
In the 2000 Discipline, the associate members and local pastors serving on...