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UMW and Local Church (81366-LC-¶256.5)

Amend ¶256.5, Article 2 as follows:
  
¶ 256.5. Article 2. RelationshipsThe unit of United Methodist Women is a program ministry of the local church, coming under the oversight of the church council. The unit of United Methodist Women in the local church is directly  also related to the district and conference organizations...

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All other local missions and ministries of the local church find their first line of oversight with the local church council.  A unique and specialized ministry to women can be retained, with connection to the Women’s Division, while functioning as an integral part of the local church ministry under the...