Petition 81376

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Self-Avowed (81376-JA-¶2702.1a)

Amend ¶2702.1a as follows:
  
A bishop, clergy member of an annual conference (¶368), local pastor, clergy on honorable or administrative location, or diaconal minister may be tried when charged (subject to the statute of limitations in ¶ 2702.4) with one or more of the following offenses:(a) immorality including but not limited to, self-avowed for not being celibate in singleness or not faithful in a heterosexual marriage; (b) practices ...

Rationale

    This resolution adds “self-avowed for”  trials of heterosexuals.
  
            The “self-avowed practicing homosexual” phrase has been interpreted that a practicing homosexual cannot be brought to trial until “self avowing” publicly, to a bishop, or to a Board of Ministry.
      
Conditions for trials should be the same for both heterosexuals and homosexuals.