Petition 80021

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Constitutional Change (80021-GA-ΒΆ4-C)

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, economic condition, gender, gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, or ability 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 the vows declaring the Christian faith, become professing members in any local church in the connection. 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, economic condition, gender, gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, or ability.

Rationale

Christians of good faith (including theologians) are not of one mind regarding scripture and the practice of homosexuality. John Wesley in his sermon #39 on 2 Kings 10:15 said: “Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike?  May we not be of one heart, though we are not...