Petition 90032

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CoWF - Traditional Plan #1 - Footnote 1 Qualifications for Ministry - Par. 304.3 (90032-TC-ΒΆ304.3-G)

Amend by addition footnote 1 attached to ¶ 304.3:

Self-avowed practicing homosexual” is understood to mean that a person openly acknowledges to a bishop, district superintendent, district committee of ordained ministry, Board of Ordained Ministry, or clergy session that the person is a practicing homosexual; or is living in a same-sex marriage, domestic partnership or civil union, or is a person who publicly states she or he is a practicing homosexual. See Judicial Council Decisions 702, 708, 722, 725, 764, 844, 984, 1020, 1341.

Rationale

The current wording has sometimes allowed practicing homosexuals to serve, even while being public about their practice, defeating the purpose of the requirement in ¶ 304.3. The added language identifies other means by which an individual openly acknowledges that they are engaged in the practice of homosexuality and can be determined . . .

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