Petition 80262

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Membership Vows (80262-LC-¶217)

Amend ¶¶217.5 and 217.6 as follows:
5. To be loyal to Christ through The United Methodist Church...;
6. To faithfully participate in its ministries by their prayers, their presence, their gifts,  and their service, and their witness;

Rationale

Membership vows of The United Methodist Church do not include witness, an integral part of laity’s role from earliest Methodism, in members’ participation in the church’s life. Because congregations repeat these vows along with new members, a pledge to “witness” will remind members to be witnesses in the community.

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