May 6, 2004
By Kathy L. Gilbert*
(UMNS) — Measures that would have eliminated mandatory retirement of
clergy, general agency staff and bishops were rejected by the 2004
United Methodist General Conference on May 4.
Several petitions sought to change or eliminate the mandatory age of 70 for retirement.
proposing some of the resolutions reviewed by the conference, the
United Methodist Committee on Older Adult Ministries called the forced
retirement rule “antiquated and ageist.”
does not take away God’s blessing, including opportunity to serve in
full capacity, simply because someone has reached the age of 70 years or
older,” the resolutions by the committee stated.
*Gilbert is a staff writer for the United Methodist News Service
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