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Children's Sabbath (80422-GM-R67)

Revise Resolution 67, Children’s Sabbath, as follows:
Revise opening three paragraphs as follows:
WHEREAS, "The program calendar of the denomination shall include only the Special Sundays approved by General Conference, Special Sundays approved by ecumenical agencies to which The United Methodist Church is officially related, and the days and seasons of the Christian Year" ( 2004 1996 Book of Discipline, ΒΆ 264 266 ); and
WHEREAS, the General Board of Global Ministries, Women’s Division and the General Board of Church and Society have officially endorsed the 1999 Children’s Sabbath of the ecumenically endorsed Children’s Defense Fund; and
WHEREAS, the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., an ecumenical agency of which The United Methodist Church is a member, also endorses the National Observance of the Children's Defense Fund Children's Sabbath; and

Delete fourth paragraph:
WHEREAS, the United Methodist Bishops Initiative on Children and Poverty has been extended into the next quadrennium (2001-2004), without identifying a specific date of churchwide celebration and prayer for children and those living in poverty throughout the world;