Petition 81415

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Wesley (81415-FO-¶104)

Amend ¶104 as follows:
  
...The multiplicity of traditions furnishes a richly varied source for theological reflection and construction.  For United Methodists, certain strands of tradition have special importance as the historic foundation of our doctrinal heritage and the distinctive expressions of our communal existence.  These include the Patristic writings, the ecumenical creeds, the teachings of the Reformers, and the writings of John Wesley.

Rationale

This addition is consistent with words found in the fifth paragraph of “Theological Guidelines Sources and Criteria” (p. 77).  As it presently stands the section on Tradition lacks specificity.