Petition 81449

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Exclusion (81449-GA-¶4-C)

Amend ¶4, Article IV of the Constitution as follows:
  
Inclusiveness of the Church --  The United Methodist Church is a part of the church universal, which is one Body in Christ.  The United Methodist Church acknowledges that all persons are of sacred worth.  All persons without regard to race, color, national origin, status or economic condition shall be eligible to attend its worship services, participate in its programs, receive the sacraments, upon baptism be admitted as baptized members, and upon taking vows declaring the Christian faith, become professing members in any local church in the connection.  Such eligibility may be denied, however, based on a person’s sexual orientation, sexual practice, or gender identity. In The United Methodist Church no conference or other organizational unit of the Church shall be structured so as to exclude any member or any constituent body of the Church because of race, color, national origin, status or economic condition, though any such unit may be structured to exclude any member or any constituent body because of sexual orientation, sexual practice, or gender identity.  

Rationale

Our words proclaim that all persons are of sacred worth, but in our practices, “all” does not mean “all.”  We challenge The United Methodist Church to acknowledge this inconsistency by explicitly condoning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, if that is what the Church truly believes.