NORTH GERMAN UNION REQUESTS GC RESCIND THE DOCUMENT PASSED AT ANNUAL COUNCIL 2018

spectrummagazine.org | 4/16/2019 | Staff
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On Sunday, April 14, 2019, the Executive Committee of the North German Union of Seventh-day Adventists unanimously passed two motions which will be forwarded to General Conference leadership, with the request they be voted on at the 2019 Annual Council in October. The first motion requests that the document “Regard for and Practice of General Conference Session and General Conference Executive Committee Actions” which was passed at Annual Council in October 2018 be rescinded. The second motion requests that unions be granted more self-determination.

An English translation of the motions is provided below (translated to English via DeepL.com and Google Translate):

Meeting - Executive - Committee - GC - Document

At its meeting in 2019, the Executive Committee of the GC will decide to withdraw the document “Regard for and Practice of General Conference Session and General Conference Executive Committee Actions.”

Reason:

Policy - WP - Guidelines - Bodies - Cases

• The Working Policy (WP) has other guidelines that are sufficient to ensure that the responsible bodies can intervene in cases of problems or controversy.

• it weakens the identification of many church members with the worldwide Church which damages the whole body.

Executive - Committee - GC - Commissions - World

The Executive Committee of the GC commissions the World Church Leadership to develop guidelines that allow the Unions to autonomously decide and implement the issues and options for action which are of great importance for the internal strength and mission of their territories.

Seventh-day Adventists in Germany are part of the worldwide Church of Seventh-day Adventists and are associated with it in their faith in Jesus Christ and in the doctrines.

Unity - Church - Jesus - John - Quality

• The unity of the Church is worked and guaranteed by Jesus alone. (John 17:20-23) The quality of this unity is unmistakable: “As you, Father, are in me and I in you, so also they shall be in us...”

• Unity is first and foremost an undeserved gift that is founded in God alone. It is not the result of human effort,...
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