Petition 90037

Petition 90037 amending Paragraph 635.1.a:

Petition 90037 (ADCA at 185), Calendar Item 6 (DCA 383) – Amends ¶ 635.1.a of the Discipline to require that persons nominated to a Board of Ordained Ministry certify that he or she will uphold, enforce and maintain the Book of Discipline related to commissioning ordination, and marriage of self-avowed homosexuals, and requiring bishops to certify that he or she has only nominated such individuals. In Decision 1366, the Judicial Council held this petition unconstitutional because it violated the principle of legality. The petition was amended during the February 26 plenary session to incorporate language to address the constitutional infirmity. (DCA 506-507.

Paragraph 635.1.a as amended and adopted by the plenary session is as follows:

Amend by addition ¶ 635.1.a:

Members shall be nominated by the presiding bishop after consultation with the chairperson of the board, the executive committee, or a committee elected by the board of the previous quadrennium, and with the cabinet. Prior to being nominated for membership on the Board of Ministry by the bishop, any individual must certify that he or she will uphold, enforce, and maintain the Book of Discipline in its entirety, including but not limited to all the qualifications for ordination. See ¶¶ 304, 330, 335, 336. Additionally, the bishop must certify that he or she only has nominated individuals who will uphold, enforce, and maintain the Book of Discipline in its entirety, including but not limited to all the qualification for ordination. See ¶¶ 304, 330, 335, 336.  To ensure adequate board membership . . .