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Make UMW Optional (81365-LC-¶256.5)

Amend the first sentence of ¶256.5 as follows:
  
5. United Methodist Women—In every  the local church there shall  may be an organized unit of United Methodist Women related to the Women’s Division of the General Board of Global Ministries as an integral part of the local church’s women’s ministries.  Other nurturing women’s ministries coming under the local church council may be developed to meet the varying ministry needs of women.  The following is the authorized constitution:

Rationale

It is better to allow for more choices in ministry.  Some local churches have successfully organized women’s program ministries (complementary to United Methodist Women), each designed to meet unique ministry needs.  In reality, many local churches do not have organized units of United Methodist Women, even though currently mandated to...