Resource: New England DCOM Non-Discrimination
In response to the passage of RS-217 at the 2014 New England Annual Conference Session, the Board of Ordained Ministry of that Annual Conference discussed and approved the following statement of non-discrimination. It is now official policy, included in the Handbook for the District Committees on Ordained Ministry.
A. STATEMENT OF NON-DISCRIMINATION (as approved by Feb 2015 BOM)
The policy of NEUMC is to offer an equal openness and discernment to all those called to lay, licensed local pastor, associate member, and ordained ministry. To this end, we affirm for dCOM members and candidates education around personal and systemic forms of prejudice, such as the NEUMC Anti-Racism Training events. This is augmented by a rigorous reading of RS-217, which affirms God’s call to ministry for all persons regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, marital status or age. The conference entrusts our District Committees on Ordained Ministry and Board of Ordained Ministry to discern in the Spirit with each candidate and member, with justice, fairness, and consistent standards.