Petition 81489

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Admission into the Church (81489-LC-¶222)

Amend ¶¶222 and 223 as follows:
  
¶¶222 and 223 Non-Local Church Settings & General  
Church Membership Roll
   ¶222. Non-Local Church Settings - Duly appointed clergy of The United Methodist Church, while serving as chaplain of any organization, institution, or military unit, an extension minister, or as a campus minister, or while otherwise present where a local church is not available, may receive a person into the membership of The United Methodist Church under the conditions of ¶216 or ¶217. Where possible, before the sacrament of baptism is administered, or before the vows of baptism or profession of faith have been administered, such appointed minister shall consult with the pastor of the local church (should one be nearby) on the choice of the person concerned; and upon agreement by the pastor, a statement verifying that such sacrament was administered or that such vows were made shall be issued. The pastor thereof on receiving such statement shall duly enroll that person as a baptized or professing member.
¶223. General Church Membership Roll - When a person is baptized or professes his or her Christian faith and is received into the Church by  a chaplain or duly appointed campus minister or chaplain endorsed by the Division of Ordained Ministry and has no local church to which the membership and records may be sent, the chaplain or campus minister shall send the name, address, and related facts to the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry for recording on the General Membership Roll. It is desirable that as soon as possible such people be transferred from the General Church Membership Roll to the membership record of the local United Methodist church of their choice.  by a duly appointed campus minister, a chaplain endorsed by the Board of Higher Education and Ministry or other duly appointed clergy of The United Methodist Church, while serving as a chaplain of any organization, institution, or military unit, or as an extension minister, or while otherwise present where a local church is not available, and said person has no local church to which the membership and records may be sent, the clergy shall send the name, address (if there is one), and related facts to the General Board of Higher Education for recording on General Church Membership Roll. It is desirable that as soon as possible such people be transferred from the General Church Membership Roll to the membership record of the local United Methodist church of their choice. The name of any professing member who has been on the General Church Membership Roll for more than eight years and for whom a current mailing address cannot be obtained shall be removed form the General Church Membership Roll.

Rationale

The proposed changes to these two sections make it clear that ordained elders could baptize persons in non-local church settings.
These changes permit us to bestow the means of grace on marginalized persons such as those residing in prisons, jails, hospitals, long-term care facilities, shelters, and those whose lifestyle is...