Wednesday, April 30, 2008

GC Hits Home to WNCC

The Judicial Council released rulings on docket items yesterday. One was from my home conference. If my memory serves me right, this was brought up because we, as a conference, have a minitry that is on UNCG's campus which also has clubs or groups that promotes homosexuality. I think I remember hearing this at annual conference and thinking that this is a far stretch and to pull the ministry would be to pull ourselves out of the secular or state education. I'm glad we can still have a UMC presence on UNCG's campus.

Decision 1091 is a continuation of Decision 1081, in which the Judicial
Council asked the council of finance and administration in the Western North
Carolina Annual (regional) Conference to review whether the conference’s
financial support of the North Carolina Council of Churches and the campus
ministry at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro violates Paragraph
612.19 of the Book of Discipline, which stipulates that no conference funds can
be used to promote homosexuality. After receiving the conference council of
finance and administration report that it had reviewed the funding and it was
not in violation of Paragraph 612.19, the council affirmed Western North
Carolina Bishop J. Lawrence McCleskey’s decision of law.

Paragraph 612.19 of the Discipline says “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.” “The conference council on finance and administration is authorized by the Discipline and has the authority to make such determination,” the decision states, going on to include a gentle reminder that annual conference expenditures cannot violate Paragraph 612

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