Resolution On Affirming Teenagers Participating In The “True Love Waits”

WHEREAS, More than 102,000 Southern Baptist teenagers from across America have pledged to remain sexually abstinent until marriage as part of the "True Love Waits" campaign sponsored by the Sunday School Board; and

WHEREAS, The teenagers’ commitment has generated national and international media attention; and

WHEREAS, Teenagers from 25 other denominations and religious organizations are joining with Southern Baptist youth in taking this stand for moral purity; and

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On Biblical Sexuality And Public Policy

WHEREAS, From the beginning, the Bible establishes the basis for sexuality by declaring that human beings are created in God’s image as “male and female” (Genesis 1:26-27) and that “a man leaves his father and mother and bonds with his wife, and they become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24); and

WHEREAS, Jesus answered questions about marriage by reaffirming this male/female and “one flesh” creation pattern for sexuality (Matthew 19:4-6); and

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Sanctity of Life

Procreation is a gift from God, a precious trust reserved for marriage. At the moment of conception, a new being enters the universe, a human being, a being created in God’s image. This human being deserves our protection, whatever the circumstances of conception.

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We affirm God’s plan for marriage and sexual intimacy – one man, and one woman, for life. Homosexuality is not a "valid alternative lifestyle." The Bible condemns it as sin. It is not, however, unforgivable sin. The same redemption available to all sinners is available to homosexuals. They, too, may become new creations in Christ.

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Same Sex Marriage

Bill Number: DB 1

Reference: Part V, Ministry, Section VI. The Itinerant Ministry, B. Responsibilities, Pg. 118

Intent: To make positive law as it relates to the A.M.E. Church and same sex marriage and to inform both clergy and lay as to the position of our denomination.

Rationale: Same sex marriage has become a major issue in the nation and in churches across the nation. Some court rulings have been in favor of same sex marriage which has given it credibility. There must be no confusion as it relates to the position of our denomination.

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Congratulations to Mixed Marriage Families (Rabbinical Assembly)

Since it is the official policy of the Conservative movement and its arms – including the Rabbinical Assembly and the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism – to discourage intermarriage and to take steps to prevent it, it is important that no action, whatsoever, be initiated that would imply the removal of the sanction, a changing of the norm or a willingness to condone intermarriages.

No Congratulations on Intermarriage

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Comments on “Keruv and the Status of Intermarried Families” (Rabbinical Assembly)

“Therefire, we should recommend to our rabbis:
1)They should make every effort to convert non-Jewish members of intermarried couples; and
2) In light of individual differences and circumstances, we should leave it to the mara d’atra to decide what kind of action will likely lead to conversion of spouses and/or children. This should be the halakhah in this very difficult situation.”

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Solemnizing a Marriage Between a Cohen and a Convert (Rabbinical Assembly)

Given our ongoing commitment to accepting converts and the fact of modern life that Jews and non-Jews often develop relationships leading to marriage, we affirm Rabbi Klein’s conclusion that – following conversion of the Gentile – a marriage between a [Cohen] and a [convert] is not a prohibited marriage and may be solemnized by a member of the Rabbinical Assembly.

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Solemnizing the Marriage Between a Cohen and Divorcee (Rabbinical Assembly)

1. The prohibitions of a [Cohen] marrying a divorcee is clearly Biblical. The reality is that very few [Cohens] who turn to us for marriage are concerned about their status as [Cohens]. Our refusal to solemnize their marriage would only lead them to be married either in a civil ceremony or in a ceremony without full [chuppah] and [kadushin].

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