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The Petition is amended as follows:

To amend ¶ 2201.3 and 2201.4 of the Book of Discipline as follows:

3.Other paragraphs of the Discipline notwithstanding, members may serve for three (3) four year terms and may serve on one other general agency. The Standing Committee shall be composed of one bishop from each jurisdiction and from each central conference named by the Council of Bishops; one ordained minister and one layperson from each jurisdiction and from each central conference who are delegates to the General Conference and named by the Council of Bishops elected by the jurisdictional and central conferences; central conferences with more than three episcopal areas shall elect additional members, lay or clergy, up to the total number of episcopal areas in the central conference; one bishop, one ordained minister, and one layperson who are elected members of the General Board of Global Ministries and named by the Council of Bishops General Board of Global Ministries. The central conference bishop assigned to the General Council on Finance and Administration Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships shall also be a member of this committee. Special attention shall be given to the inclusion of women, lay, clergy, youth, and young adults. The chairperson of the committee shall be a central conference bishop and shall also serve as a member of the Connectional Table. Members of the committee will serve until their replacements are named or elected. (This legislation will take effect upon the conclusion of the 2012 General Conference.) (This legislation will take effect immediately upon action by General Conference for the membership of the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters for 2016-2020.)

4.The Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters will convene at the conclusion of the General Conference at which it was elected and continue its work through the following General Conference. To facilitate transition, incoming members shall participate in the deliberations of the committee during such General Conference, having voice but no vote until the organizing meeting. (This legislation will take effect upon the conclusion of the 2012 General Conference.)

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3.01(d) - NEW SUBSECTION (5)

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(5) notwithstanding the above, was an Active Participant on December 31, 2016 (but is excluded from continued eligibility due to the amendment of Article III of the Comprehensive Protection Plan effective January 1, 2017) and as of June 30, 2017:

(a) would be at least 50 years old, having been an Active Participant in this Comprehensive Protection Plan for any 8 of the 11 years immediately preceding June 30,2017;

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(b) would be at least 57 years old, having been an Active Participant in this Comprehensive Protection Plan for at least 20 years.

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After the words, "for persons with disabilities." Delete the period (.) and add a comma (,) and the words, "and applicable World Council of Churches guidelines."

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Amend the petition as follows:

An agency’s board must approve the termination of employment of its general secretary. The termination of employment of an agency's General Secretary must be approved by the agency board.

Committee agrees that all of these clarifications are needed in the Discipline. Paragraph 713 is headed, "Election of General Secretaries of Program Agencies" and the second part of this amendment does not fit the heading. WE recommend an edit of the heading to reflect the content of the entire paragraph.

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The Petition is amended as follows:

Add ¶ 538 in the Jurisdictional Conference section, following ¶ 537 about the Committee on United Methodist Men.

United Methodist Volunteers in Mission-

It is recommended that there There shall be a jurisdictional volunteer-in-mission (UMVIM) coordinator for the purpose of coordination of volunteers, in collaboration with annual conference UMVIM and Disaster Response Coordinators within their jurisdiction and the Global Ministries Mission Volunteer Office. The jurisdictional coordinator will may network to coordinate opportunities and resources for volunteers in collaboration with the General Board of Global Ministries and other UMC agencies as requested. The Jurisdictional UMVIM Coordinator will may communicate the need for Early Response Teams within their region in collaboration with UMCOR.

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Amend ¶ 2609 as indicated following:

¶ 2609. Jurisdiction and Powers-. . .

2. The Judicial Council shall have jurisdiction to determine the constitutionality of any proposed legislation when such declaratory decision is requested by the General Conference, the Association of Annual Conference Lay Leaders, or by the Council of Bishops.

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Amend ¶ 2609.8 (d) as follows:

d) All opinions . . . These decisions shall be made available to those who are involved in trials and appeals when needed and for those preparing for trial or appeal, and not otherwise.

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Strike "vigorously and with integrity" wherever it appears in the added text.

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Committee moves to adopt

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Committee Moves to refer to UMCOM.

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Amend Book of Discipline ¶ 1004 as follows:

¶ 1004. Responsibilities—The prime responsibility . . .

Through conferences, districts, coalitions, and networks, it will assist Church members as they identify and respond to critical social issues at community, regional, national, and international levels. The board shall devote at least one full-time staff position to promote ing education, prayer, and advocacy on behalf of our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world who suffer persecution for their faith.
All the above . . .

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Be it further resolved It is strongly encouraged, that the Council of Bishops and be referred to the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) and the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) to support for the implementation of a program these programs.

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Retain the following:

This restriction It shall not limit the church's ministry in response to the HIV epidemic.

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"The Petition is adopted as amended as follows:"

There was a typo in the ACDA, the paragraph title is "Purpose of Ordination" not "Qualifications for Ordination."

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The Petition is amended as follows:

Delete the second sentence in its entirety.

Add the words "and well being" between the word "equality" and the final period. Delete the words "which is God given........"to the end.

The last sentence should read: The United Methodist Church shall work collaboratively with others to address concerns that threaten the cause of women’s and girls’ equality and well being. which is God-given, in individuals and in all aspects of society, at all times and in all places

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The Petition is amended as follows:

1) Where the petitioner has changed the word "groups" to "persons" or "people", use "persons" consistently; 3rd paragraph, line 7, line 9

2) 2nd paragraph: 5th line, replace "cripples" with "hinders"

3) 1st paragraph (p320), line 11 before "white people" and after the stricken text, "denied to persons of color" ADD, "in many cultures"

1st paragraph, following that same sentence ending "denied to persons of color," add, "We opposes the creation of a racial hierarchy in any culture."

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line 5, after "to work with the abuser" add "to understand the root causes and forms of abuse"

remove the following sentence: "Abuse takes many forms and has many causes."

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reword underlined test:

We oppose immigration policies that separate family members from each other or that include detention of families with children, and we call on local churches to be in ministry with immigrant families.

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Change the title: "Ministry with" instead of "Ministry to . . ."

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We encourage churches to adopt a policy of zero tolerance for bullying, including cyber-bullying, within their spheres of influence; stand with persons being bullied; and take a leadership role in working with the schools and community to prevent bullying.

1st paragraph, 3rd line, following 2nd sentence ending "in some cultures today," insert the following:

We affirm the right of all people regardless of gender, socio-economic status, race, religion, disability, age, physical appearance, sexual orientation and gender identity to be free of unwanted aggressive behavior and harmful control tactics.

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Following the second paragraph, after words, "ruin lives, careers and relationships", insert the following:

1.) We grieve the pervasiveness of Internet pornography, including among Christians, and especially its impact on young people and marriages.

2.) Before the last sentence (after the words, "issues of addiction" )add:

Further, all churches are encouraged to review and updagte appropriate child, youth, and adult protection policies to reflect The United Methodist Church's position that the use of pornography is a form of sexual misconduct.

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Amend ¶ 511.5 as follows:

The secretary of the General Conference shall calculate the number of delegates to be elected by each annual conference, based on the factors specified in ¶ 502.1, 2, using the most recent clergy and professing lay membership figures reported by the annual conferences local congregation to the annual conference from the annual conference to the General Council on Finance and Administration through their conference journals, as follows…

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For the purpose of empowering the annual conferences to determine their own agenda and structure, amend multiple paragraphs as follows:

Delete ¶¶ 605.1, 605.2, 605.3, 605.4, 605.5, and 605.6 in their entirety.

Amend ¶ 607.4 as follows:

¶ 607.4. The conference lay leader shall be responsible for presenting a report to the annual conference. The annual conference shall provide time for an address that shall be the responsibility of the conference lay leader.

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Amend the Book of Discipline as follows:

Ammend the last paragraph to read as follows:

In accordance with the Wesleyan ecumenical spirit, in all phases of mission development, the initiating United Methodist entities will consult with, and where possible create cooperative relationships with, Wesleyan communions. and They will promote relationships with other denominations serving in the area as well as and with appropriate interdenominational, and ecumenical organizations. Where appropriate, they will engage in dialogue with interfaith agencies and organizations.

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3rd line down the substitute of paragraph 268.1 ….following the phrase “ the congregation” add phrase “ assist in program leadership”

¶ 268. Certified Lay Minister-1. A certified lay minister is a certified lay servant, certified lay missioner, or equivalent as defined by his or her central conference, who is called and equipped to conduct public worship, care for the congregation, assist in program leadership, develop new and existing faith communities, preach the Word, lead small groups, or establish community outreach ministries as part of a ministry team with the supervision and support of a clergyperson. A certified lay minister is assigned by a district superintendent in accordance with ¶419.2.

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Amend Discipline ¶ 649.2 as follows:

2. Membership—No more than one-third of the membership of the council shall be adults, one of whom may be the conference lay leader or his or her representative. It is strongly recommended that membership of the council include at least 50% racial and ethnic minority persons with the goal of be composed of 50 percent racial and ethnic group members. (It is suggested that members at large may be added toward achieving at least fifty-fifty ethnic and white majority membership , as defined by annual conference or episcopal area, and shall also include persons of all genders to ensure inclusiveness. in a manner to be determined by the conference council on youth ministry.) that the membership of the council include an equal number of persons with respect to race, ethnicity, gender and social status as defined by the annual conference or episcopal area, Where ethnic or language conferences overlap nonethnic conferences, provision shall be made for the inclusion of members of the ethnic or language conferences and vice-versa. Those serving on the conference council on youth ministry or equivalent structure shall be baptized or professing members of The United Methodist Church.

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The Petition is amended as follows:

Delete the proposed language and replace with:

The Episcopal Fund shall not make a payment directly to a Bishop for housing. It shall go to the Annual Conference(s) for epsicopal residence housing purposes.

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Amend ¶ 807.3 as follows:

(a) "... or devise" of under $50,000 is not..." otherwise designated, the same shall be added to and become a part of the World Service Contingency Fund, which shall be held and administered by the council.

(b) Any such donation, bequest, or devise of $50,000 or more not otherwise designated shall be added to "the..."

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Delete the proposed addition to 806.13(a) reading "It shall also notify the President and General Secretary of the Council of its findings in writing."

Add the deleted text to the ends of paragraphs 806.13(b)(2), 806.13(b)(3), 806.13(b)(4)

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delete paragraph 1313.1f

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¶ 2609.11) The Judicial Council shall not award attorney’s fees to any party to an appeal under any circumstances. The Judicial Council shall not have the authority to grant or award compensation to cover or reimburse for attorney fees to a party to an appeal in a matter of church law.1

Footnote:

1. Judicial Council Decision 1230

¶ 2716.4

Last sentence shall be amended, “…the committee on appeals orders the annual conference or jurisdictional conference to reimburse the respondent.”

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The second sentence in ¶2718.4g would read:

"...and the arguments of the official representatives of all parties the administrative body making the recommendation and/or action and for the respondent."

¶2609.9 would now read:

"The Judicial Council shall have jurisdiction to hear and determine all appeals from decisions of the jurisdictional appeals committee.1"

Footnote would read: “Judicial Council decision 1276.

Current ¶2609.9 become ¶2609.10 and subsequent sections thereafter would be renumbered in this manner.

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Add to letter i of ¶2702.1 the following:

"sexual misconduct including the use or possession of pornography."

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Editorial correction to delete reference to ¶543.22

"...committee. (Effective at the close of General Conference 2012.) Appeal..."

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Strike "or other such matters" wherever the phrase appears in the petition.

Editorially add an "and" between "leave of absence" and "involuntary retirement."

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In ¶410.5c change "executive committee of the Council of Bishops" to "College of Bishops"

Add "...Episcopal Fund for a maximum of six months."

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In all requirements for the committee:

"Diaconal Ministers if available within the bounds of the annual conference."

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Remove: "across the age span" before "a coordinator of camp ..."

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Amend ¶ 256.4 of The Book of Discipline as follows:

¶ 256.4) Scouting ministry through civic youth-serving agencies Civic youth-serving agencies and scouting ministries offer another setting for ministry to children, youth, their leaders, and their families. These opportunities would include the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the USA, Camp Fire USA, 4-H, or other appropriate organizations in the central conferences. The Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (P.R.A.Y.) award program may be is available to all appropriate age-level participants of the local church education program including the church school, youth ministry and scouting ministries ministry.

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Amend ¶ 2533.2 as follows:

The board of trustees shall review annually compare the existence and adequacy of the property, liability, and crime church’s insurance coverages to an insurance schedule annually published by the General Council on Finance and Administrationon church-owned property, buildings, and equipment. The board of trustees shall also review annually the adequacy of personnel insurance. The purpose of these this reviews is to ensure that the church, its properties, and its personnel are properly protected against risks. The board shall include in its report to the charge conference (¶ 2550.7) the results of its review and any recommendations needed to timely bring the church into compliance with the published scheduleit deems necessary.

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Amend ¶ 247 as indicated.

¶ 247.2. The charge conference, the district superintendent, and the pastor, when a pastor has been appointed (see ¶ 205.4), shall organize and administer the pastoral charge and churches according to the policies and plans herein set forth. When the membership size, program scope, mission resources, or other circumstances so require, the charge conference may, in consultation with and upon the approval of the district superintendent, modify the organizational plans, provided that the provisions of ¶ 243 are observed. Such other circumstances may include, but not be limited to, alternative models for the conception of a local church, such as coffee house ministries, mall ministries, outdoor ministries, retirement home ministries, restaurant ministries, and other emergent ways in which people can gather in God’s name to be the church.

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....The positions of treasurer and financial secretary should not be combined and held by one person, and the persons holding these two positions should not be immediate family members.

No immediate family members of any appointed clergy may serve as treasurer, finance chair, financial secretary, counter, nor serve in any paid or unpaid position under the responsibilities of the committee on finance, as described herein. These restrictions would apply only to the church or charge where the clergy serves.

The committee on finance shall give...

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Modify the proposed Paragraph 2549.7 as follows:


If a local church in an urban center with more than 50,000 population is closed, any proceeds of the sale of its property must be used for new and/or existing ministries within urban transitional communities, as described in Paragraph 212, and consistent with the annual conference's urban ministry strategic plan... If a local church in a non-urban center is closed, any proceeds of the sale of its property may be used for new churches, new faith communities, new missional initiatives, relocating churches, churches building multi-campus facilities for the purpose of evangelistic church extension, or an organization that is a non-profit and has values consistent with The United Methodist Church's values and is consistent with our Wesleyan heritage, theology, and United Methodist polity. In addition, the proceeds may be used to revitalize or enhance church ministry, or be given to an organization that is a vetted non-profit and has values consistent with The United Methodist Church's values and is consistent with our Wesleyan heritage, theology, and United Methodist polity. In addition, the proceeds may be used to embrace or continue the work and vision of ministry with the poor in the community.

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Local churches or charges are strongly encouraged shall to develop a policy policies and procedures to provide for the safety of the infants, children, and youth and vulnerable adults entrusted to their care.

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Approve all with the exception of:

Amend 256.3c - Keep the word "may" and take out suggested addition of "shall"

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Every effort should be made to educate the congregation on the changes in the surrounding community. The local church has always been called ‘to minister to persons in the community where the church is located’ (¶ 202), so in times of transition the membership needs to understand that the Church’s mission is the same. should understand that the Church's mission is to serve their surrounding community.

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Delete last sentence: "A copy of the audit will be submitted to the conference disability concerns committee or other conference entity having the responsibility for disability concerns."

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"The financial relationship established in the covenant is neither intended to generate profit nor to support the general budget (other than utilities appropriate normal operating costs) of the receiving local church or any other entity involved in the sharing of the facilities."

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Insert into ¶ 247.20 after the words: "awareness of and concurrence with"

"the Doctrinal Standards and the General Rules of The United Methodist Church"

and then continue with the remaining words "with policies relative to ..."

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Substitute for ¶351.2:

A clergy member's continuing education and spiritual growth program shall include professional formation leaves at least one week per year and may include at least one month during one year of every quadrennium.

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Add back in: Hispanic-Latinos

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On page 271 of the ADCA, in the 4th paragraph on the left hand column, delete "through its Division of Public Media and News Service"

On page 271 of the ADCA, in the 6th paragraph, after #1, delete "Study" and replace with "Learn more about"

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1. revise wording in paragraph beginning "The United States...)

While English is the most commonly used or "primary" language of the country, other languages have been used throughout its history.

2. revise wording in new point 2:

2, the General Board of Church and Society make this resolution an item in their agenda for lobbying, constituency education and advocacy.

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3.i. Encourage United Methodist Women to develop a Mission U study on this topic.

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1. revise title: A U.S. Charter for Racial Justice Policies in an Interdependent Global Community

2. revise wording in paragraph beginning "In principle..."

Adding to this reality, the success of some prominent people of color has contributed to the erroneous but widespread belief that America is in many ways a "post-racial" society where race is seldom a factor in the opportunities and outcomes in people's lives.

3. revise wording in paragraph beginning ""The damage..."

Consistently, African Americans, Hispanics, Latino, Asians, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders have been humiliated by being given jobs, housing, education, medical services, transportation services, and public accommodations that are all inferior.

4. reword point #8 at the end of petition:

Facilitate nomination and election processes that include all racial groups by employing a system that prioritizes leadership opportunities of people from communities that are disproportionately impacted by the ongoing legacy of racial injustice. Use measures to align our vision for racial justice with actions that accelerate racial equality.

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revise paragraph beginning "When Isaiah observed..." insert new 4th bullet after "his perceived sexuality;"

anti-semitic graffiti is spray painted on Jewish gravestones;

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In the middle income level, the ratio is 5.2 to 1 and even at the highest income level, white households have, on average 3.2 times more wealth than black households...

revise paragraph beginning "WHEREAS, intense and ongoing..."

WHEREAS, intense and ongoing systemic and institutional racism is still the greatest barrier in the U.S. to building beloved community.

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...that every annual conference in the U.S. support anti-racism training...

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WHEREAS, insidious racial profiling by some law enforcement practices around the country has risen;

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"We call for a ban on therapeutic, medical, research, and commercial procedures which generate unused embryos for the purpose of cloning including the making of embryos for experiments or stem cells.

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The Council of Bishops in consultation with Inter-Jurisdictional Committee on the Episcopacy shall appoint a Jurisdictional Study Committee to examine the best number and boundaries of jurisdictions and episcopal areas in the United States. The committee will use the 2017-2020 quadrennium to create and present a detailed report on missional priority and strategy to the 2020 General Conference. This report is to include but not be limited to the analysis of: historical perspectives, current reality, demographic changing trends, emerging missional reasons/values, financial implications, changes to the jurisdictional conferences' and episcopal area boundaries, the number of jurisdictions in the U.S., and addtional data as appropriate. The report will include specific recommendations and a strategic implementation plan.

The voting membership of the committee shall be composed as follows:

- Bishops: One bishop from each of the five Colleges of Bishops

- 1 clergy and 1 lay person, chosen from each of the five jurisdictions

- The ethnic and gender balance in the committee's membership should reflect as much as possible the make-up of the UMC's lay membership in the U.S.

Funding for the meeting expenses of the episcopal members will come from the Episcopal Fund, and funding for the other members will come from the General Administration Fund.

Given the importance of this strategic work, the 2016 General Conference of The United Methodist Church at Portland, Oregon, will defer all decisions to reduce the number of jurisdictions, the number of episcopal areas and the number of bishops in all five U.S. Jurisdictional Conferences (being proposed for 2016) to the 2020 General conference. This legislation will be effective at the conclusion of the 2016 General Conference.

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Readopt Resolution 2103 - Lay Responsibility for the Growth of the Church - with no changes.

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Readopt Resolution 3023 - Older Adult Recognition Day - with no changes.

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WHEREAS, children are the most precious resource of our societies, but also the most vulnerable. Children need loving adult support to flourish. In turn, the adult caregivers of children need parenting support systems as well. Our churches, schools, societal groups, and governments help provide the support system children and their caregivers need; and

WHEREAS, children are being raised in a variety of household structures headed by various caregivers; and WHEREAS, children of these various families are in many of our churches and schools. To flourish, they need a family support system that embraces their household’s structure; and

WHEREAS, some church programs assume a traditional mother/ father two parent family. Consider the name of programs in a local church, such as “Mothers of Preschool Children,” “Mother’s Day Out”;

We believe that children are the most vulnerable and precious resource of our societies, and they need loving adult support to flourish. Adult caregivers of children need parenting support systems as well. Today, children are being raised in a variety of household structures headed by various caregivers; and children in these families are in our communities, schools, and congregations. To flourish, families need a support system that embraces their household’s structure, and church ministry programs should reflect that changing dynamic.

Now, therefore, be it resolved, that we We call upon each local United Methodist Church to:

1. make a conscious ...

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to remove the strike through on the words "to read" ( on the fifth line)

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Our Call

As people of faith...

Scripture tells us...

John Wesley set the example for us as Methodists as he began health clinics and schools for the children to learn, to read

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In the second paragraph: "... promoted sustainable and" socially "responsible..."

In the third paragraph reinsert the word "justice" between social and concerns.

After the eighth paragraph ammend the title: Socially Responsible "Investment..."

In subparagraph 3: "promote sustainable " and socially responsible "investment practices..."

In subparagraph 9: "...International" LabourLabor "Organization's..."

Add a new subparagraph: 10. encourage companies to promote the responsible use of their products and encourage them to raise concerns with the customers who knowingly use their products in a manner not aligned with United Methodist Values;

Renumber the subsequent subparagraphs.

In subparagraph 14: "...disclosure, sustainable" and socially responsible "business..."

In subparagraph 15: "commitment to sustainable" and socially responsible "investment..."

In paragraph 25: "...sustainable" and socially responsible "investment..."

In paragraph 33: "Sustainable" and socially responsible "investment..."

In paragraph 37: "...magnifies " the "sustainable" and socially responsible "investment... other global sustainable" and socially responsible "investors..."

In paragraph 40: "...their sustainable " and socially responsible "investing..."

In paragraph 42: "... their sustainable" and socially responsible "investing..."

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Remove the words "on Israel" from the last sentence.

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The General Conference of The United Methodist Church calls upon the nation of Israel to provide the same access to water and electricity in the West Bank as settlers in the Israeli settlements in the area receive and to recognize existing titles to land within the West Bank which Palestinians hold. We ask the USA to respect international law and use its influence on Israel to demand equal access to water and electricity, and recognition of land titles.

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Therefore, be it resolved that General Conference encourages bishops, annual conferences and agencies to support local groups of United Methodist congregations to work or be in ministry with the poor and to consider NETWorX initiatives.

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Editorial Change: In the paragraph beginning with "Therefore, be it resolved..." Correct spelling from Barak Obama to Barack Obama.

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WHEREAS, it is the responsibility of the United Methodist Global Health to "assist conference units in addressing emerging and ongoing global health issues" and further states that the United Methodist Global Health has one of its responsibilities to "assist local churches, districts, and annual conferences to develop ministries of health, healing and wholeness."

Therefore, be it resolved, in order to address emerging and on-going health issues and to develop ministries on health, healing, and wholeness, each local church is encouraged to participate in at least one global health ministry each year.

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In the paragraph beginning, "Be it further resolved..." remove the words "by the indicated date" in the next to last line.

The amended paragraph will read:

Be it further resolved, that the Council of Bishops, the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino-Latina Ministry, the General Board of Discipleship and the General Board of Global Ministries ensure that the conference comprehensive plans are in place by the indicated date and provide support and consultation in the development of the plans.

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Change the Title to "Condemnation of Terrorist Acts of ISIL"

Strike the last two paragraphs beginning with "Be it further resolved..."

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The United Methodist Church condemns terrorist acts of the Islamic state in Iraq and the Levant, commonly referred to as ISIL, also known as Daesh or ISIS, that violate The United Methodist Church’s principles found in the Book of Resolutions against minorities based on religious or political differences. The violent acts of ISIS ISIL are evil and The United Methodist Church calls for all nations to oppose, dismantle, and disarm ISIS ISIL. The United Methodist Church does not condone any attempt to declare or recognize ISIS ISIL as a State, with diplomatic relations, and supports the continued effort to bring relief to the captive people of that region to restore a viable and sustainable society.

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Editorial correction - page 1179 - Quotation marks are needed around first paragraph in second column. It should read: "The question considered . . . meaning of evangelism."

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Committee Moves to Refer to Faith and Order Legislative Committee

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For report at General Conference 2020.

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Consider the following issues as it relates to the original petition:

The basic responsibilities of the boards of the general agencies include, but are not limited to, the following:

a) select general secretary;

b) support and evaluate the general secretary;

c) ensure effective planning;

d) monitor and strengthen programs and services;

e) ensure adequate financial resources;

f) protect assets and provide proper financial management;

g) ensure legal and ethical integrity;

h) enhance the agency's public standing;

The following provisions shall govern the nomination . . .

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Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters, GCFA, and CT to consider the following:

P. 713 Election of General Secretaries of Agencies The

General Secretary of each general program boards that is accountable to the Connectional Table shall be elected quadrennially by ballot of the board of the agency included…

3. In the exercise of its responsibility prescribed in S 2 hereof, the Connectional Table shall have

authority during the 2017 to 2020 quadrennium to work with all program and administrative

agencies and connectional bodies, to include the general secretaries, of The United Methodist

Church to plan for and implement the overall restructure and reorganization approved by the

2016 General Conference for those agencies and bodies. One of the goals is ensuring that

critical and important connectional ministries are functional and adequately carried forward.

P. 905 Objectives The

essential functions of the Connectional Table are….

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At line 3, delete "is" and replace with "are"

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Add a new sentence to the end of the petition under the subheading "Local Faith Communities", which reads: "Endorse the Clergy Letter Project (www.theclergyletterproject.org) and its reconcilatory program between religion and science, and urge United Methodist clergy to participate."

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Delete the following on page 248 of the ADCA: http://bjp.rcpsych.org/content/195/5/427.long> - “Analysis of trauma exposure, symptomatology and functioning in Jewish Israeli and Palestinian adolescents,” Br J Psychiatry. 2009 Nov,

<http://www.healingresources.info/article_ross1.htm> - The Trauma Vortex in Action Again in the Middle East”

<http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/blog/alan-johnson/hamas-rockets-traumatize-israeli-children> -

Hamas Rockets Traumatize Israeli Children,” July 25, 2014,

<http://www.irinnews.org/report/92527/israel-opt-israeli-communities-traumatized-by-gaza-rockets> -

“ISRAEL-OPT: Israeli communities traumatized by Gaza rockets,” April 20, 2011,

<http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/8/1/health-gaza-children.html> -

“Gazas kids affected psychologically, physically by lifetime of violence,” July 31, 2014

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Amended as to location, instead of sub-paragraph 161, it must read paragraph 161.a and move all other sub-paragraphs down.

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Amend the Discipline ¶ 511.4c as follows:

¶ 511. . . .

c) The commission, in cooperation with The United Methodist Publishing House, shall make all necessary arrangements for the publication of the Advanced Edition of the Daily Christian Advocate and quadrennial reports of the Connectional Table and the general agencies of the church in English, French, Portuguese, and Kiswahili (standard), and for all delegates to have timely (90-day period) and convenient access to the most linguistically appropriate translation of these documents. This paragraph shall not apply to daily publication of the Daily Christian Advocate at General Conference. The commission shall also make arrangements for editions of the Daily Christian Advocate published at General Conference to be made available in each of these languages in a timely and convenient way. The Commission shall also make arrangements for daily schedules, petition lists, nominations information, and other high-importance informantion published in the English version of the Daily Christian Advocate to also be made available in each of these languages in a timely and convenient way.

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¶ 507. Petitions to General Conference-Any organization, clergy member, or lay member of The United Methodist Church may petition the General Conference in the following manner:

1. The petition must be sent to the secretary of the General Conference or a designated petitions secretary. It shall be in typed or printed form, or other means approved by the secretary of the General Conference, and shall follow a format determined by that officer.

2. Each petition must address only one issue if the Discipline is not affected; if the Discipline is affected, each petition must address only one paragraph of the Discipline, except that, if two or more paragraphs in the Discipline are so closely related that a change in one affects the others, the petition may call for the amendment of those paragraphs also to make them consistent with one another. Petitions dealing with more than one paragraph in the Discipline that do not meet these criteria are invalid. Petitions that meet these criteria (composite petitions) shall not be separated into pieces.

3. Each petition must be signed by the person submitting it, accompanied by appropriate identification, such as address, local church, or United Methodist board or agency relationship. Each petition submitted by fax or electronic mail must identify the individual submitting it, accompanied by identification as above, and must contain a valid electronic mail return address or return fax number by which the submitter can be reached. Electronic signatures will be accepted in accordance with common business practice.

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 the establishment of new programs or the expansion of existing programs will be invalid unless accompanied by supporting data that address the issue of anticipated financial requirements of the program.

5. Petitions must be postmarked by a national postal service no later than 210 230 days prior to the opening session of the General Conference.

6. If petitions are transmitted by a means other than a national postal service, they must be in the hands of the petitions secretary no later than 210 230 days prior to the opening session of the General Conference.

Exceptions to the time limitations shall be granted for petitions originating from an annual conference session held between 210 and 45 days prior to the opening session of the General Conference, and for other petitions at the discretion of the Committee on Reference.

7. Petitions adopted and properly submitted by annual conferences, jurisdictional and central conferences, the Division on Ministries With Young People, 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 or secretary of the General Conference no later than 210 230 days before the opening of General Conference, shall be printed in the Advance Edition of the Daily Christian Advocate.

8. Petitions and/or resolutions not printed in the Advance Edition of the Daily Christian Advocate shall be printed or copied and provided to all delegates. Where the content of petitions is essentially the same, the petition will be printed once, with the first author named and the number of additional copies received printed. Upon publication, all translations of the Advance Edition of the Daily Christian Advocate shall be made available as a downloadable file, free of charge, on the denominational website

9. The secretary of the General Conference shall arrange for electronic access to all petitions, including General Conference action and the resulting impact on The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, throughout the General Conference session. This access shall be available until the publication of the new edition of The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church. Implementation shall be according to guidelines established by the Committee on Plan of Organization and Rules of Order.

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507. Petitions to General Conference-Any organization, clergy member, or lay member of The United Methodist Church may petition the General Conference in the following manner: . . .

10. All petitions that have been approved by a legislative committee shall receive a vote by the plenary session at that year’s General Conference.

11. All petitions that have been submitted to the Genereal Conference shall receive a vote of a

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The General Conference instructs The General Board of Discipleship to develop and share on its website a list of books and other recommended resources that clearly affirm our Church’s moral standards for sexual behavior, as found in the Social Principles and other relevant sections of the Book of Discipline. These resources should offer helpful Christian guidance to pastors, congregations, campus ministries, and laypeople so they can effectively and compassionately minister to self-identified members of the LGBTQ community, persons individuals who seek help for dealing with their unwanted same-sex attraction sexuality, individuals who do not understand or who do not personally follow our church’s moral standards for sexual behavior, and teens at risk for suicide for any reason, including (but not limited to) reasons related to their sexuality. These recommended resources shall not promote approval of extra-marital sex, homosexual practice, or pornography. Rather, these recommended resources shall offer guidance for how to be in ministry with and for all people, within the boundaries of our church’s theological, biblical, and moral commitments. The church official stance on human sexuality.

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"¶717 Sustainable and" Socially Responsible...

"... that are involved in" privately operated correctional facilities, "gambling, pornography..."

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The Petition is amended as follows:

THEREFORE, be it resolved that the 2016 General Conference calls on the General Board of Church & Society, the General Board of Global Ministries, and the General Board of Pensions and Health Benefits of The United Methodist Church respectively to:

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Pettion amended by substitution:

Human Rights Investment Policies

The United Methodist Church commends its General Board of Pension and Health Benefits for developing investment policies that address human rights violations around the world.

The United Methodist Church likewise encourages heeding the call of indigenous peoples, indigenous Christians and United Methodist mission personnel to oppose injustice in all places of oppression, and to seriously consider using non-violent economic means when appropriate and effective.


The United Methodist Church opposes all efforts by governments to suppress legitimate means by which churches can non-violently resist violations of human and civil rights.

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The Petition is amended as follows:

Under B. Episcopal Residence/Housing

add after the last sentence The annual conference may designate such expenses or allowance as tax exemp pursuant to internal revenue code section 107.

Under B. 1. a. change $10,000 to $20,000

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Standing Committee on Strategy and Growth

During the 2017-2020 quadrennium, there shall be a Standing Committee on Strategy and Growth, directly responsible to the General Conference. Membership of the Committee is to represent the best among the entrepreneurs of local church revitalization. Its purpose is to develop and implement a strategy to first slow the decline in worship attendance and professions of faith, and then to return them to positive growth within the jurisdictional conferences.

The strategy’s target is to arrest and reverse the decline by the end of 2024. The fruits from the work of the Committee during the 2017-2020 quadrennium goal must be sufficient to make reverse and decline by 2024 possible. This achievement also depends upon successful deployment of strategies among the agencies and the annual conferences. The work of the Committee is to be incremental to the host of programs in place that those to be developed among the annual conferences and the program agencies. The Committee offers to the denomination an avenue by which entrepreneurs will have the platform for refinement of their programs and the funding to expand their collective works to a national scale. Such refinements and scale would be impossible without the platform and funding of the Committee by carving out $20M of the World Service Fund for said funding.

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The Petition stands as submitted.

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The Petition is amended as follows:

Strike the full text of the original petition and replace with:

All money collected from the Central Conference apportionments for the General Administration Fund in excess of $750,000 (the costs of the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters, including its work on the Global Book of Discipline) be directed to the Central Conference Theological Education Fund.

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Append: Standing Committee on Strategy and Growth This line item contains the funding for the support of the work of the Committee for the 2017-2020 Quadrennium. The Committee is assigned duties and responsibilities by action of the General Conference. The task of the Committee is to design and implement a strategy to arrest and reverse the decline in the jurisdictional conferences. This funding may be supplemented with contributions from foundations and individuals.

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The Petition Stands as Submitted.

Editorial change in paragraph 445.3, "Council in Bishops" should read "Council of Bishops".

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The petition is amended to read as follows: "The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Local churches and extension ministries of the Church provide the most significant arenas through which disciplemaking occurs."

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Amend the petition with the following substitute language:

Amend ¶4. Article IV. Inclusiveness of the Church

The United Methodist Church is part of the church universal, which is one Body in Christ. The United Methodist Church acknowledges that all persons are of sacred worth. All persons shall be eligible to attend its worship services, participate in its programs, receive the sacraments, upon baptism be admitted as baptized members, and upon taking vows declaring the Christian faith, become professing members in any local church in the connection. In the United Methodist church, no conference or other organizational unit of the Church shall be structured so as to exclude any member or any continent body of the Church because of race, color, national origin, ability or economic condition, nor shall any member be denied access to an equal place in the life, worship, and governance of the Church because of race, color, gender, national origin, ability, age, marital status, or economic condition.

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The Connectional Table is to consider and report back to the 2020 General Conference the potential of making the "embracing of orphans and vulneral children" the missional priority of The United Methodist Church with the Four areas he Missional Priority of The UMC will be the embracing of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) with the four areas of focus fitting under their overall effort. OVC, like everyone else, need food, clothing, shelter, education and the good news of Jesus Christ. Our denomination is well positioned to offer these essential components for these suffering children.

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Amend ¶ 705.1c as follows:

Each central conference or a body authorized by it shall nominate elect to each general program board membership at least one four (4) persons(s) from each of the following three categories (1) clergy, (2) laymen, (3) laywomen, (4) youth or young adults to form a pool from which each board general church body is to elect additional members that are to come from the Central Conferences pursuant to ¶ 705.4c. These lists shall be sent to the connectional table for use by the general agencies in electing additional members.

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¶ 607.6. The conference lay leader may shall be given the opportunity to meet with the cabinet when matters relating to clergy appointments or the coordination, implementation, or administration of the conference program, or other matters as the cabinet may determine are on the agenda.

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After the third Whereas, delete: "There are more than 56 million people who have disabilities in the United States alone."

Amended to read: "There are more than one billion people living with disabilities in the world, of which 56 million live in the United States, according to United Nations data.

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The Petition is amended as follows:

In the appendix:

Request for funding in the amount of: $240,000 $120,000 for the 2016-2020 quadrennium.

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"When the complaint is based upon allegation of the specific misconduct of a clergyperson having conducted a ceremony celebrating a homosexual union or having performed a same-sex wedding ceremony (¶ 2702.1[b]) within the statute of limitations, and the clergyperson against whom the complaint was made acknowledges to the bishop, within the course of the process seeking a just resolution, that he or she did in fact conduct or perform the ceremony in question chargeable offenses found in ¶2702.1 within the statute of limitations, and the clergyperson against whom the complaint was made acknowledges to the bishop, within the course of the process, seeking a just resolution that he or she did in fact commit a chargeable offense (¶2702.1), then any final just resolution"

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"When the complaint is based upon allegation of the specific misconduct of a clergyperson having conducted a ceremony celebrating a homosexual union or having performed a same-sex wedding ceremony (¶ 2702.1[b]) within the statute of limitations, and the clergyperson against whom the complaint was made acknowledges to the bishop, within the course of the process seeking a just resolution, that he or she did in fact conduct or perform the ceremony in question chargeable offenses found in 2702.1 within the statute of limitations, and the clergyperson against whom the complaint was made acknowledges in writing to the bishop, within the course of the process, seeking a just resolution that he or she did in fact commit a chargeable offense (2702.1), then any final just resolution"

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"When the complaint is based upon allegation of the specific misconduct of a clergyperson having conducted a ceremony celebrating a homosexual union or having performed a same-sex wedding ceremony (¶ 2702.1[b]) within the statute of limitations, and the clergyperson against whom the complaint was made acknowledges to the bishop, within the course of the process seeking a just resolution, that he or she did in fact conduct or perform the ceremony in question chargeable offenses found in 2702.1 within the statute of limitations, and the clergyperson against whom the complaint was made acknowledges to the bishop, within the course of the process, seeking a just resolution that he or she did in fact commit a chargeable offense (2702.1), then any final just resolution"

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Amend ¶¶ 363.1(c), 413.3(c), 2701.5, and 2706.5(c)3 by adding the same sentence to all four as follows: No matter where in the process a just resolution is achieved, the complainant(s) shall be a party to the resolution process and every effort shall be made to have the complainant(s) agree to the resolution before it may take effect. Also add ,the complainant, in ¶¶ 2701.5 and 2706.5(c)3.

At the end of the paragraph in 363.1(c):

All parties shall include all parties who filed the complaint and not just the first party named on the complaint. All complainants must state harm in the complaint.

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In ¶363.1 and ¶2701.5:

A just resolution is one that focuses on repairing any harm to people and communities, achieving real accountability by making things right in so far as possible and bringing healing to all the parties. In cases where the respondent acknowledges action(s) that are a clear violation of the provisions of the Discipline, a just resolution shall include (but not be limited to) an apology by the respondent to the appropriate person(s) or body(ies) and a commitment not to repeat the action(s) that were a violation. Just resolutions shall state all identified harms and how they shall be addressed by the church and other parties to the complaint. In cases where the respondent acknowledges action(s) that are a clear violation of the provisions of the Discipline, a just resolution shall include, but not be limited to, a commitment not to repeat the action(s) that were a violation.

Also insert the above language at the end of ¶413.3c and ¶2706.5c(3)

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"When the complaint is based upon the chargeable offenses found in ¶2702.1 within the statute of limitations, and the bishop against whom the complaint was made acknowledges in writing, within the course of the process, seeking a just resolution that he or she did in fact commit a chargeable offense (¶2702.1), then any final just resolution"

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(iv) The Council of Bishops may, at any time in the process, after a complaint is filed, including after a just resolution, remove the complaint from the College of Bishops to the Council of Bishops with a 2/3 vote by the Council.

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256. Program Ministries-The ministries of the local church are offered so that people encounter God’s redeeming love . . .

7. Supplemental Ministries-In view of the fact that the needs of women and men are complex, dynamic, and unique in every congregation, local churches are encouraged to develop a variety of supplemental ministry programs for women and men, in addition to United Methodist Women and United Methodist Men.

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Delete "gender identity, sexual orientation" before "or marital status."

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Add "Beginning in 2020" at beginning of para. 406, after title "Term of Office"

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Strike all language between "the Church," (2nd line from the bottom of page 1116) through "administer preside" (first line of page 1117) and insert:

and offering the means of grace to the world, the resident bishop of the annual conference in which the deacon is appointed may authorize the deacon to preside....

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Amendment 1: In ¶635.1, after the words "...represent the cabinet..." (2012 BOD page 458, bottom line), add the words, "No District Superintendent or extended cabinet member shall be the chairperson of the Board of Ordained Ministry."

Amendment 2: In ¶635.1, line 5, after the words "...at least two associate members or," delete the phrase "full-time."

Amendment 3: Strike the first six lines of petition 60183, beginning with the words, "Throughout the text..." and ending with the words "ministerial leadership."

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1. delete “ selected by the district council on ministries.” On the third line.

2. Delete “ racial and ethnic persons with goal of achieving at least fifty fifty ethnic and majority membership on the 5th and 6th line and add “an equal number of persons with respect to race, ethnicity, gender and social status”

Delete Amend ¶ 650.2 as follows:

2. Membership—The membership of the council shall be young adults (as defined by annual conference or episcopal area). It is recommended there be one young adult elected by each district of the conference selected by the district council on ministries. There may also be members at large nominated by the conference nominating committee. It is strongly recommended that the membership of the council include racial and ethnic persons with the goal of achieving at least fifty-fifty ethnic and majority membership, an equal number of persons with respect to race, ethnicity, gender and social status as defined by annual conference or episcopal area, as well as persons of both genders to ensure inclusiveness. Those serving...

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b) an equal number of persons with respect to race, ethnicity, gender and social status as defined by the annual conference or episcopal area.

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In Roman numeral V. Retain "Preface, Preamble, and"

Add after ....Part VII of the General Book of Discipline... "For the work on Part VI, Chapter 2 (The Ministry of the Ordained) and Chapter 3 (The Superintendency) of the 2016 Book of Discipline, the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters will work in consultation with the Commission for the Study of Ministry, and for Part VI, Chapter 5 (Administrative Order) of the 2016 Book of Discipline, the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters will work in consultation with the Connectional Table."

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The General Board of Discipleship petitions the General Conference to adopt the “Services for the Ordering of Ministry in The United Methodist Church, 2017-2020” as the ordinal of The United Methodist Church, effective January 1, 2017. [Text of ordinal is available in Volume 2, Section 1 of the Advance Daily Christian Advocate.]

Add the following:

Page 537- line 2317

Omit “the big bang” and add “ creation

Afetr line 1388 on page 519, 2290 on page 537 2872 on page 549 add:

Leader: Therefore, let us confess our sin before God and one another.

All: Merciful God,

We confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart

We have failed to be an obedient church,

We have not done you will,

We have broken your law,

We have rebelled against your love,

We have not heard the cry of the needy

Forgive us, we pray,

Free us for joyful obedience

Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.

Leader: Hear the Good news

Christ died for us while we were yet sinners, that prove God’s love toward us.

In the name of Jesus Christ, You are forgiven!

All: In the name of Jesus Christ, You are forgiven!

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Bottom of page 5, line beginning in 2007….correct book name to: “ United Nations declarations on the rights of Indigenous Peoples”

Page 18 under section D: addition to the line that begins Thomas White Wolf Fassett. Following Fassett ADD

(a resource sponsored by United Methodist Women),

Page 19, 2nd paragraph begins The Annual Conference ADD

“In the United States” following the phrase Boards of Ordained Ministry

Page 21 under economic development section, very last line add sentence

United Methodist Women will continue to make available “Giving our Hearts Away: Native American Survival” by Thomas White Wolf Fassett.

Page 22 second paragraph following General Board of Church and Society add

By insertion, General Board of Global Ministries and United Methodist Women

Page 22 under Education section

1st line following

The General Conference endorses and supports…. DELETE “the funding”

Page 23 very last sentences

Replace the word “invest” with “pursue investments of funds….”

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Amend Resolution 3084 as follows:

1. Second line on the 2nd paragraph delete the word online and add the word including online after the word exploitation.

2. Delete the word racial on the 4th line and add racial ethnic

3. A. Local churches Item #2

Remove strike through on this sentence (use of application forms, interviews, reference checks, background clearance, and so forth) and delete the words that include interviews and background checks

4. A. Local churches Item #3

Remove strike through on the following:

such as having two or more nonrelated adults present in classroom or activity; leaving doors open and installing half-doors or windows in doors or halls; providing hall monitors; instituting sign-in and sign-out procedures for children ages ten or younger; and so forth;

and change the word guidelines with the policies on the last line

Tragically, churches are have not always been safe places for children. Child sexual abuse, online exploitation including online, and ritual abuse occur in congregations of all sizes and geographical locations. churches, both large and small, urban and rural. The problem cuts across all economic, cultural, and racial racial ethnic lines. It is real, and it appears to be increasing. Most annual conferences can cite specific incidents of child sexual abuse and exploitation within churches. Virtually every congregation has among its members adult survivors of early sexual trauma.

A. Local churches should:

1. develop and implement an ongoing education plan for the entire congregation and its leaders on the reality of child abuse, risk factors leading to child abuse, and strategies for prevention;

2. adopt comprehensive screening procedures (use of application forms, interviews, reference checks, background clearance, and so forth) that include interviews and background checks for workers (paid and unpaid) all adults directly or indirectly involved in the care of children and youth;

3. develop and implement safety procedures for church activities such as having two or more nonrelated adults present in classroom or activity; leaving doors open and installing half-doors or windows in doors or halls; providing hall monitors; instituting sign-in and sign-out procedures for children ages ten or younger; and so forth; that meet or exceed Safe Sanctuaries® guidelines. Policies.

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The Committee on Faith and Order proposes a period of study to stimulate and aid theological reflection throughout the church on the identity and mission of The United Methodist Church.

The Study and response process in the coming quadrennium will involve these elements:

1. A teaching document on ecclesiology will be made available electronically through www.umc.org, www.gbhem.org, and www.gbod.org along with a brief study and response guide to facilitate study of the document. These documents will be translated into the language of the General Conference.

2. Each resident bishop will be asked to arrange for congregationally-based studies of United Methodist ecclesiology between June 2016 and December 2017 involving approximately ten percent of both the laity and clergy of her or his episcopal area. Resources for the study will be provided by the Committee on Faith and Order.

3. Responses will be solicited from specific groups who may have particular expertise in ecclesiology, including: faculty from United Methodist seminaries and schools of theology, general agency staff, pan-Methodist theologians and officials; and other selected ecumenical partners.

4. All United Methodists will be invited and encouraged to offer feedback on United Methodist ecclesiology.

5. The Committee on Faith and Order will design processes to solicit and receive these responses.

6. The Committee on Faith and Order will be responsible for evaluating the study process, considering the responses received, and will offer appropriate action to the 2020 General Conference. The Committee on Faith and Order will send to the 2020 General Conference a theological teaching document on ecclesiology for adoption as an official document of the church, comparable to By Water and the Spirit and This Holy Mystery.

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Remove the sentence that says: "As a result of homeless youth in the United States nearly 43% identify as LGBTQ."

Add a sentence that says: "People experiencing homelesness need homes with support to help them stay in their homes and be successful." before the last sentence and after the sentence beginning "We commit."

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Following, "in their care", add:

Support regulations and policies that enable all qualified persons, regardless of sexual orientation or marital status, to become adoptive parents.

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Therefore, be it resolved through this action of the General conference, The United Methodist Church calls upon all general agencies and related organizations to be intentional about raising awareness of the harm caused by some sports teams through the use of mascots and/or symbols promoting expressions of racism and disrespect of Native American people.

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