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Remove Exclusionary Language (80019-FO-¶304.3)

Amend ¶304.3 of The Book of Discipline, as follows:
While persons set apart by the Church for ordained ministry are subject to all the frailties of the human condition and the pressures of society, they are required to maintain the highest standards of holy living in the world. The practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching. Therefore self-avowed practicing homosexuals are not to be certified as candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in The United Methodist Church.

Rationale

The United Methodist Church acknowledges that all persons are of sacred worth. “Sexuality is God’s good gift to all persons”1. Any prejudice based upon who a person is (his/her very being as a child of God) is incompatible with the teachings of Jesus.