Whereas: We are concerned with what is helpful and will build up the Body of Christ;
Whereas: congregations have always had the responsibility, through a process of discernment, for calling from their midst skilled and gifted disciples of Jesus Christ to leadership and ministry;
Whereas: districts have been granted authority for licensing and ordaining qualified persons on behalf of the denomination;
Whereas: the Michigan District Ministry Commission and Board did follow Church of the Brethren polity and procedures in calling to ministry from our midst a skilled and gifted person who happens to be openly homosexual;
Whereas: the 2002 Annual Conference response to the query “Licensing/ Ordination of Homosexual Persons to the Ministry in the Church of the Brethren” is unclear, appears to contradict current polity, and causes confusion in the following areas:
Therefore, we the members of the Michigan District Board, meeting Friday, August 16, 2002, request from Annual Conference through the Michigan District Conference, clarification on how these issues from the 2002 action fit into previous polity and procedures and how we shall proceed with future licensing and ordinations.
Michigan District Board Secretary
The Michigan District Conference, meeting at Hastings, Michigan on August 17, 2002, approved this query without amendments.
Moderator, Michigan District
Clerk, Michigan District Conference
Action of the 2003 Annual Conference: The delegate body adopted the recommendation of Standing Committee that the concerns and questions contained in the Michigan District query be received and that the Annual Conference Council be asked to answer these matters.