Petition 80207

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Exploring Member (80207-LC-¶200)

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Members of other faiths may be received by a local congregation as an exploring member.  Such membership shall entitle the person to the fellowship of that church, to its pastoral care and oversight, and to participation in its activities, including the holding of a local church office, excluding that of the Administrative Board/Council, the Committee on Lay Leadership and the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee.

Rationale

Many families are diverse when it comes to faith backgrounds.  Having had 5 spouses married to persons of other faiths in my last appointment, and some of those persons attending worship and other church activities faithfully, we need a formal way to include them in our fellowship.