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Clarification of Ritual (80136-MH-¶330.6)

Amend ¶¶330.6 & 333.3 as follows:
  
  
¶330
6. A deacon shall be ordained by a bishop by the laying on of hands, employing the Order of Service for the Ordination of Deacons (see ¶415.6). The bishops shall be assisted by other deacons and may include laity designated by the bishop representing the Church community. ,and representatives of other Christian communions in the laying on of hands.  Bishops in other communions may join the ordaining bishop in laying hands on the head of the candidate, while participating deacons and laity may lay hands on the back or shoulders of the candidate.

¶333
3. An elder shall be ordained by a United Methodist bishop by the laying on of hands, employing the Order of Service for the Ordination of Elders (see ¶415.6). The bishops shall be assisted by other elders and may include laity designated by the bishop representing the Church community. ,and representatives of other Christian communions in the laying on of hands.  Bishops in other communions may join the ordaining bishop in laying hands on the head of the candidate, while participating elders and laity may lay hands on the back or shoulders of the candidate.

Rationale

These changes will bring the prescribed procedure into compliance with what is already common practice throughout the Church.  It will also emphasize the importance of having representatives of other churches be bishops where that is possible as a matter of ecumenical hospitality and a sign of the church unity.