Petition 80502

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Funding Restriction Clarity (80502-FA-¶612.19)

Amend ¶612.19 as follows:  
19.  To ensure that no annual conference board, agency, committee, commission, or council shall give United Methodist funds to any gay caucus or group, or otherwise use such funds to promote the acceptance of homosexuality.  This shall include ensuring that no such funds are used to support any United Methodist campus ministry that through its official programming or a formal caucus affiliation opposes the biblical understanding that sexual relations are only appropriate within heterosexual marriage.  The council shall have the right to stop such expenditures.  This restriction shall not limit the Church's ministry in response to the HIV epidemic, nor shall it preclude funding for dialogs or educational events where the Church's official position is fairly and equally represented.

Rationale

Sexual immorality is a major temptation on college campuses.  Our vitally important campus ministries should not attack but teach our United Methodist faith and values to the next generation.  Adding this clarifying sentence would increase our congregations’ confidence in the responsible stewardship of their annual conference apportionments.