Petition 81317

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Chargeable Offense (81317-JA-¶2702.1)

Amend ¶2702.1 as follows:  
CHARGEABLE OFFENSES AND THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS
    ¶2702.     1. A bishop...
(k) harassment, including but not limited to racial or sexual harassment; or (l) racial or gender discrimination; or (m) while serving as a member of a church trial court, committee on investigations, or committee on appeals, voting against charging the defendant for violating part of the Book of Discipline solely because of personal disagreement with that part of the Book of Discipline.
     2.  ...

Rationale

Some unofficial groups devoted to undermining parts of traditional United Methodist teaching have advocated that church jurists should refuse to uphold sections of the Book of Discipline of which those caucuses disapprove.   Recent years have seen examples of this.  Our judicial process needs to uphold the connectional covenant of our...