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Cross-Racial and Cross-Cultural Appointments (80332-SU-¶430)

Amend ¶430 as follows:
  
¶430, Responsibility— 1. . . . . except for the provisions of mandatory retirement.
Annual conferences shall, in their training of staff-parish relations committees, emphasize the open nature of itinerancy and prepare congregations to receive the gifts and graces of appointed clergy without regard to race, ethnic origin, gender, color, disability, marital status, or age. The concept of itineracy is important,. . . . . .

3. The United Methodist Church promotes and holds in high esteem the opportunity of an inclusive church (¶4. Article IV) with the formation of open itinerancy (¶430.1).
4. Cross-racial and cross-cultural appointments are made as a creative response to increasing racial and ethnic diversity in the church and in its leadership.  Cross-racial and cross-cultural appointments are appointments of clergypersons to congregations in which the majority of their constituencies are different from the clergyperson’s own racial/ethnic and cultural background. Annual conferences shall prepare clergy and congregations for cross-racial and cross-cultural appointments. When such appointments are made, Bishops, cabinets, and boards of ordained ministry shall provide specific training for the clergy persons so appointed and for their congregations.

Rationale

To give a definition of cross-racial and cross-cultural appointments.