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4.2 Dissolution Statement. Southern Pennsylvania District, Church of the Brethren,
                   though individually incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is a part of the
                   Church of the Brethren denomination with general offices located at 1451 Dundee
                   Avenue, Elgin, Illinois 60120. In the event of, or upon dissolution, the net assets of this
                   Corporation shall be distributed to the Church of the Brethren.

            In light of the above information from both Denominational and District polity, and in order to
            provide for an orderly separation in fellowship when reconciliation cannot be achieved, the
            following Guidelines for Congregational Withdrawal from the Southern Pennsylvania District
            Church of the Brethren is hereby adopted.

                          Southern Pennsylvania District Church of the Brethren
                     Adopted by the Southern Pennsylvania District Board – January 12, 2019

            I.  It is the responsibility of the congregation, its moderator and/or ministerial leadership, and
               its Leadership Team to notify the District Executive of its conflict or uncertainty about
               remaining in the Church of the Brethren.  Plans for withdrawal should not be made in

            II.  The District Executive, District Board Chair, District Ministry Commission Chair, and one
               other District Board member appointed by the District Executive shall serve as a
               Reconciliation Committee. Should the District Board Chair or District Ministry Commission
               Chair be part of the congregation wishing to withdraw or if either should be unable to serve
               for any reason the Vice Chair of the District Board and the Vice Chair of the District Ministry
               Commission shall serve.

               A.  The Reconciliation Committee should meet with the congregational leadership within
                   thirty (30) days of receiving official notice of the congregation’s concerns to listen to
                   their leadership, to understand their grievances, and to attempt a resolution of the

               B.  The Reconciliation Committee will listen to the congregation's grievances, offer
                   suggestions for resolution, and explain the process and the consequences of
                   withdrawing from the Southern Pennsylvania District Church of the Brethren.
                   Specifically, the Reconciliation Committee shall explain that upon a vote to disassociate
                   from the District and the Church of the Brethren, the District shall own the
                   Congregation’s assets subject to the District Board’s election to relinquish ownership if
                   the Congregation complies with Section D hereof.  If the issues remain unresolved with
                   the congregational leadership, the Reconciliation Committee should meet with the full
                   congregation after the Reconciliation Committee's determination that a reconciliation is
                   not possible.  The Reconciliation Committee, in cooperation with the congregation's
                   leadership, should schedule a vote on withdrawal by the congregation. At or near the
                   close of this meeting the Reconciliation Committee shall indicate that individual

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