Petition 81322

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Effectiveness (81322-FO-¶304.3)

Amend ¶304.3:
...Many United Methodists believe the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching. Therefore self-avowed practicing homosexuals are not to be certified as candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in The United Methodist Church. When a minister exhibits in pastoral appointment gifts and graces and trust in congregations and communities for seven years, then the minister acknowledges being a homosexual, the minister shall continue in full connection without prejudice and be appointed.

Rationale

The Stoles Project at the 2000 and 2004 General Conferences demonstrates homosexual pastors are effective and are appointed. Jesus strongly condemned hypocrisy, yet ¶304, 3 requires that effective homosexual pastors be hypocrites. This amending lets clergy who exhibit their effectiveness to openly admit their orientation and continue as effective ministers.