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Book of Resolutions Process (80140-CO-¶507)

Add new ¶507.3 and renumber following paragraphs as appropriate.
  
¶ 507. Petitions to General Conference
3. Any petition intended to result in an addition to the Book of Resolutions must comply with the requirements of ¶510.2.b).

Insert a new §b following ¶510.2.a) and renumber following paragraphs as appropriate.
  
¶ 510. Duties of the Secretary
2.b) Resolutions, to the extent possible, shall be clearly separated into the call to action or statement of position and a section on rationale and theological, historical, and statistical background material. The call to action or statement of position shall be limited to 200 words. The Book of Resolutions will contain only the call to action or statement of position and not the rationale or the theological, historical, and statistical background material which will be included in the public record of General Conference actions. When the petitioner has not made the separation of the material clear, the Book Editor of The United Methodist Church has authority to edit the resolution and exclude the rationale and theological, historical, and statistical background material from the final printing. If a petition contains a call to action or statement of position that is longer than 200 words, the Secretary or the Secretary’s designee (¶507) may declare the petition out of order and exclude it from the petition process, or the Secretary may notify the petitioner of the defect. The petitioner will have seven days in which to correct the petition following the Secretary’s sending of notification.

Rationale

The Book of Resolutions is unwieldy and distributed in woefully low numbers. This change will make it smaller without limiting its prophetic nature, and it will promote wider distribution and use. Agencies will find it easier to publish full texts by other means, such as in flyers and by Internet.