Prohibit Discrimination (80025-LC-¶214)
Amend ¶ 214 Eligibility to read:
The United Methodist Church is a part of the holy catholic (universal) church, as we confess in the Apostles’ Creed. In the church, Jesus Christ is proclaimed and professed as Lord and Savior. All people, without exception, shall be allowed to attend its worship services, participate in its programs, receive the sacraments and become members in any local church in the connection (paragraph 4)...
The North Texas Annual Conference believes Judicial Council Decision 1032 misinterprets the authority of clergy in deciding who will be received into membership, and contradicts Article IV of the Constitution which guarantees full reception of all people who seek God’s grace and profess the baptismal vows of the UMC.