Petition 81356

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Transgenderism (81356-C2-¶161.G)

Amend ¶161.G as follows:
We recognize ....
Homosexual, and transgendered persons no less than heterosexual persons are individuals of sacred worth. All persons need the ministry and guidance of the church in their struggles for human fulfillment, as well as the spiritual and emotional care of a fellowship that enables reconciling relationships with God, with others, and with self. The United Methodist Church does not condone the practices  practices of homosexuality or transgenderism and consider this practice  considers these practices to be incompatible with Christian teaching. We affirm...

Rationale

Within the last two quadrennial, at least two clergy members of the Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church have sought sex-change surgery to mutilate their God-given identities.  Our church needs to have clear guiding principles to respond to such phenomena.