Memorial 845

LOCAL CHURCH PROPERTY: Transfer of Ownership

Whereas, Local churches in a number of denominations have experienced something deemed impossible just a few years ago – the recognition of homosexuality and same sex "marriages" by their denominations;

Whereas, Many local churches in these denominations do not desire to maintain their relationship to a denomination that is not biblical in their stand on homosexuality and marriage being only between a man and a woman (The recognition of homosexuality and same sex marriage by a denomination is clearly wrong from a biblical stand-point);

Whereas, Many local churches in these denominations have been prohibited from leaving their denomination and taking their local church property with them; thus they are forced to either stay in a denomination that no longer abides by biblical standards or leave their beloved church facilities behind and begin anew;

Whereas, People gathered in church meetings like this and said "it will never happen to us," but it did happen to them (We cannot naively assume it will never happen to us. It can. Others thought it would not. It did. History is our instructor); and

Whereas, The United States Supreme Court is now enforcing same sex "marriage" on all 50 states and public opinion has been extremely impacted in favor of so-called same sex "marriage";

Resolved, That if The Wesleyan Church modifies the Articles of Religion or Membership Commitments or other portions of The Discipline to allow for the practice of homosexuality or affirms ordaining non-celibate homosexuals or allows for same sex "marriage", a local church will have the option to withdraw from The Wesleyan Church and to have the ownership of all church property, including indebtedness, being conveyed to the local congregation;

Resolved, That a new paragraph be added to The Discipline of The Wesleyan Church after paragraph 4780 that reads

"If The Wesleyan Church modifies the Articles of Religion or the Membership Commitments or other portions of The Discipline to affirm the practice of homosexuality or affirms ordaining non-celibate homosexuals or allows for same sex 'marriage' as being biblically acceptable, an established local church by majority vote of their membership present at a special called session of the local church conference can vote to withdraw from The Wesleyan Church and have the ownership of all church property, including indebtedness, being conveyed to that local church. This provision is the only exception allowed for paragraph 4780."

PACIFIC SOUTHWEST DISTRICT CONFERENCE

Tim Kirkes, Secretary

Committee on Memorials

Not Recommended

General Conference

____ Adopted ____ Not Adopted

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