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Integrity (81371-FA-¶611.3)

Amend ¶ 611.3 as follows:
    
3.   Officers—The council shall elect from its voting membership a president, a vice president, a secretary, and such other officers as it may deem necessary.  Consideration shall be given to inclusiveness (¶¶ 124, 138).  To be eligible to serve in these positions, before their election candidates must affirm their personal agreement with our United Methodist understanding that homosexual practice is incompatible with Christian teaching.  The conference treasurer/director of administrative services (¶ 618) shall be the treasurer of the council.  The treasurer/director of administrative services shall not be eligible for voting membership on the council and shall not be eligible for election to any of those offices that are to be filled by voting members of the council.”  
        

Rationale

To preserve connectional trust and integrity, the leaders of the body responsible for enforcing the guidelines of ¶612.19 in the 2004 Book of Discipline should be persons who believe in and are committed to supporting such standards rather than individuals with an interest in undermining them.