Petition 81373

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Enforcement (81373-FA-¶806.9)

Amend ¶ 806.9 as follows:
9. It shall be responsible for ensuring that no board, agency, committee, commission, or council shall give United Methodist funds to any gay caucus or group, or otherwise use such funds to promote the acceptance of homosexuality. The council shall have the right to stop such expenditures.  19  This restriction shall not limit the Church's ministry in response to the HIV epidemic. The primary investigative and enforcement responsibilities relevant to this restriction shall be assigned to personnel who affirm their personal agreement with the teaching that the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian ethics.

Rationale

It is important to establish trust that our Discipline will be upheld, with enforcement not placed solely in the hands of individuals who do not believe in what they are doing and would prefer to see violations of this restriction left unaddressed.