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would express love, tolerance and patience (Col. 3:12) rather than judgment
                              and avoidance.

                   Each district is encouraged to put in place framework for processing a congregational
                   disagreement with an Annual Conference action, in keeping with these suggestions.
                   The process should be flexible enough to allow for the wide variations of each case, yet
                   specific enough that it has accountability and direction. Each district should establish
                   such a process prior to the recognition of the need for said process. The goal of the
                   district response process should be to help the congregation move to an understanding
                   of the Annual Conference action and willingness to support the action, or at least a
                   willingness to refrain from taking any action that would be interpreted as being defiant or
                   insubordinate. If this goal is unattainable and there is a lack of reconciliation, an
                   acknowledgment should be made that the congregation continues supporting the larger
                   church in other aspects of its life while disagreeing with Annual Conference in the
                   particular matter. It is expected that reconciliation attempts will continue.

                   Finally, within our current polity Standing Committee continues to serve as the appeals
                   body. Any decision that is made by a district board or a district conference can be
                   appealed to the Standing Committee, and the congregation in disagreement retains that
                   right. The decision of Standing Committee is final.

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            D. 3. DISORGANIZING OR WITHDRAWING CONGREGATIONS
               “If a congregation is disorganized by the district pursuant to the powers granted in chapter
               3 (II.E. “Disorganizing Congregations”) and chapter 4 (I.C.16.d. “Disorganizing
               Congregations”) of this manual, or if it attempts by either majority or unanimous vote to
               withdraw from the Church of the Brethren district in which it is located or otherwise ceases
               to exist or function as a congregation of the Church of the Brethren, any property that it
               may have shall be within the control of the district board and may be held for the
               designated purposes or sold or disposed of in such a manner as the district board, in its
               sole discretion, may direct.  When assuming responsibility for the control of disorganizing or
               withdrawing congregations, the district board shall give aid and counsel to the
               congregation.”

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            D. 6. DISTRICT’S RIGHTS TO CONGREGATIONAL PROPERTY
               The rights described in this polity for the district board to take control or to approve the
               voluntary transfer of congregational property shall be exercised solely for the purpose of
               assuring that the property or its proceeds are not diverted from use for the Church of the




            2   2016 Manual of Organization and Polity, Chapter 6, Property Holdings and Financial Resources, I,
               D, 3, pg. 2.  This portion establishes Denominational control of property and restricts the use of that
               property for Denominational purposes.
            3   2016 Manual of Organization and Polity, Chapter 6, Property Holdings and Financial Resources, I,
               D, 6, pg. 3.  This portion establishes Denominational control of property and restricts the use of that
               property for Denominational purposes.




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