Petition 80365

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Civil Action (80365-FA-¶2509.1)

Amend ¶ No. 2509     
1. The General Council on Finance and Administration or Any  any person or church unit served with legal process in the name of The United Methodist Church may appear for the purpose of presenting to the court the nonjural nature of The United Methodist Church and to raise issues of lack of jurisdiction of the court, lack of capacity of such individual or unit to be served with process, and related constitutional issues in defense of denominational interests.

Rationale

The addition of this phrase permits the GCFA to protect the legal interests of the denomination, a basic element of its Disciplinary responsibilities as described in ¶ 807.9 of the 2004 Book of Discipline.  This is especially important in maintaining the nonjural entity status of The United Methodist Church as...