Petition 81348

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Financial Restriction (81348-FA-¶806.9)

Amend ¶806.9 as follows:
  
It shall be responsible for ensuring that no board, agency, committee, commission, or council shall give United Methodist funds to any gay caucus or group ,or otherwise use such funds to promote the acceptance of homosexuality  that violates the expressed commitment of the United Methodist Church “not to reject or condemn lesbian and gay members and friends.” (¶161.G.)  The council shall have the right to stop such expenditures.   This  restriction shall not limit  It shall not limit the Church’s ministry in response to the HIV epidemic

Rationale

The church’s desire not to communicate “rejection” and condemnation” to gay and lesbian members is undermined by the current language and policy.  The new language expresses the church’s expressed commitment “to be in ministry for and with all persons.” (¶161.G.)