Memorial 63

CONSTITUTION: Gender Diversity and Expression

Whereas, Because of media attention and activism, transgender issues are rising in public awareness;

Whereas, We believe gender differentiation and male/female uniqueness are part of a divine design that God indelibly engraved upon creation;

Whereas, Based on our biblical and theological study, there is no argument for a "third gender" among humans;

Whereas, There is no question that many transgender people suffer enormously, and advocating social holiness will involve defending the right of transsexual persons to provide for daily necessities (food, shelter, clothing), as well as insisting on their being treated fairly under the law; and

Whereas, In the midst of confusing and conflicting debate, it is in the best interest of all to clarify our teaching on this matter;

Resolved, That a new subparagraph 4 will be added to paragraph 265 of The Discipline as follows:

(4) To follow the teachings of the Scriptures regarding gender identity and sexual conduct.

Gen. 1:27; 1 Cor. 6:12-20; 7:17-24.

Resolved, That the remaining subparagraphs of paragraph 265 be renumbered accordingly.


Wayne A. MacBeth, Secretary

Committee on Memorials


General Conference

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