Petition 80513

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Petition Submission Guidelines (80513-CO-¶507)

Amend ¶507 as follows:
507. Petitions to General Conference The Connectional Table, any organization, clergy member, or lay member General Church Council, General Board, General Commission, General Conference Study Committee, General Agency, Jurisdictional Conference, Jurisdictional Council, Central Conference, Provisional Central Conference, Annual Conference, Provisional Annual Conference, Missionary Conference, Mission, or Charge/Church Conference of the United Methodist Church, and any affiliated groups or caucuses as listed in The United Methodist Directory & Index of Resources as published by Cokesbury may petition the General Conference in the following manner:
    3. Each petition must be signed by the person in charge of submitting it, accompanied by appropriate identification, such as address, local church, or United Methodist board or agency relationship the name of the submitting body and address.
    4. All petitions submitted to the General Conference, except those submitted by individual members of the United Methodist Church and local church groups , which call for...
   7. Petitions adopted and properly submitted by annual conferences, jurisdictional and central conferences, the United Methodist Youth Organization, or general agencies or councils of the Church and petitions properly submitted by individual members (either clergy or lay) of The United Methodist Church and local church groups , provided that they have been received by the petitions secretary...

Rationale

Delegates have little time to consider hundreds of petitions. This would maximize their ability to work by moving initial, more in-depth discussions to significant communities of the church where full consideration is more possible. All other groups and individuals could petition the General Conference through the above named bodies.