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Inclusiveness (80343-FO-¶138)

Amend ¶¶ Nos.138 & 2506.1   
¶ No.138 Inclusiveness means openness, acceptance, and support that enables all persons to participate in the life of the Church, the community, and the world. Thus, inclusiveness denies every semblance of discrimination.  The services of worship of every local church of The United Methodist Church shall be open to all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, status or economic condition.

Amend ¶ No. 2506.1     
1. All provisions of the Discipline relating to property, both real and personal, and relating to the formation and operation of any corporation, and relating to mergers are conditioned upon their being in conformity with the local laws, and in the event of conflict therewith the local laws shall prevail; provided, however, that this requirement shall not be construed to give the consent of The United Methodist Church to deprivation of its property without due process of law or to the regulation of its affairs by state statute where such regulation violates the constitutional guarantee of freedom of religion and separation of church and state or violates the right of the Church to maintain its connectional structure; and  provided further, that the services of worship of every local church of The United Methodist Church shall be open to all persons without regard to race, color, or national origin. Local laws shall be construed to mean the laws of the country, state, or other like political unit within the geographical bounds of which the church property is located.

Rationale

This sentence is moved from ¶ 2506 to this paragraph that is a more appropriate location for this specific statement about living out our commitment to inclusiveness.  It also incorporates the language from ¶ 4 around the five categories or conditions cited for inclusiveness to make this statement congruent with...