Petition 80180

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Clergy Delegates (80180-MH-¶35-C)

  Amend ¶ 35, Article IV, of the Constitution of The United Methodist Church and submit it to the annual conferences for vote:
  ¶ 35. Article IV.—The ordained ministerial  clergy delegates to the General Conference and to the jurisdictional or central conference shall be elected by and from the ordained ministerial  clergy members in full connection with the annual conference or provisional annual conference.

Rationale

At no other place in the Constitution of the church is the term “ordained ministerial” used when referring to the clergy of the church. Indeed, ¶ 34, immediately preceding ¶ 35, refers to “clergy” delegates to the general, jurisdictional, and central conferences. “Clergy” is the consistent term throughout the Constitution...