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Mr. Roybal Files Appeal and Charges of Unethical Behavior

Posted on July 14, 2010 at 8:13 PM

I, Lauro A. Roybal, with the present am filing charges of unethical behavior against the president and Council members for what they have done to me, Larry Roybal, to Mr. Leon Walker and to Saúl Langarica.

 

I am also formally appealing all actions taken against me in suspending me from my job and also expelling me from the GCE as well as taking away my ministerial credentials.

 

I believe that it is unconscionable, unethical and unlawful for you to remove us without ever speaking to any of us about it and for no apparent or justifiable cause. 

 

What you have done is clearly contrary to the policy of the United Church of God, an International Organization.

In the policy of “filing charges of unethical behavior” you will find that you have clearly violated your own policies. Also as we (Saul Langarica and I) are employees in foreign countries, you should have also abode by the law of those countries when you fired us without cause from our employment.

 

POLICY FOR SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION FROM THE GENERAL CONFERENCE OF ELDERS

United Church of God, an International Association

PREAMBLE:

 

While the Constitution of the United Church of God, an International Association, (UCGIA) makes reference to an elder’s membership in the General Conference of Elders (GCE) being affected by either suspension, termination or expulsion (UCGIA Constitution, sections 4.5 and 4.5.1), the following policy addresses only the issues of suspension or expulsion. This is based upon the definitions of such as provided within the Constitution itself (section 4.5.1).

 

DEFINITIONS:

 

Termination: “An elder’s membership is terminated upon his death or upon his resignation from the ministry or resignation from the membership of the Church.”

Expulsion: “Any elder who fails to meet the scriptural qualifications of a minister based on biblical standards, shall be expelled from the General Conference.”

Suspension: “An elder may, based on scriptural teaching, be suspended for misconduct.”

 

PROCESS:

 

This policy pertains to all elders of the United Church of God, an International Association. The following procedures are prescribed to assure that all elders are granted due process according to scriptural authority (1 Timothy 5:19), and the Constitution and Bylaws of UCGIA with regard to all allegations, charges and possible violations worthy of investigation and further action. It is understood that direct personal help and counseling will first be offered in all such cases if necessary.

 

1. If evidence indicates that an elder has violated biblical standards and principles (UCGIA Constitution section 4.5), and the local pastor, regional pastor (or international equivalent) determine that he should be suspended or expelled from the GCE, a written report and recommendation for action is submitted by the local pastor to the regional pastor (or international equivalent). If this action is initiated by the regional pastor (or international equivalent), the written report is submitted to Ministerial Services (or international equivalent).

 

2. The regional pastor (or international equivalent) discusses the situation with the local pastor and then visits the elder involved. If the regional pastor cannot facilitate a positive resolution to the problem and agrees with the determination of the pastor, the regional pastor (or international equivalent) submits a written report and recommendation to Ministerial Services (or international equivalent).

 

3. A Ministerial Services Team member and the regional pastor (or international equivalents) visit the elder. If, after the visit, the problem with the elder cannot be brought to a positive resolution, a written recommendation to either suspend or expel the elder from the GCE is made to the Council of Elders by Ministerial Services (or international equivalent).

  • While awaiting a determination by the Council, the elder may be relieved from performing any or all ministerial duties (but still remain a member of the GCE) if it is determined by the pastor, regional pastor and Ministerial Services (or international equivalents) that such action is necessary for the spiritual well-being, protection, and unity of the local congregation. If the nature of the problem is serious enough to also affect the elder’s church attendance or membership, then such action as is deemed necessary should be taken by the pastor, regional pastor and Ministerial Services (or international equivalents).

 

4. The chairman and the secretary of the Council of Elders are informed in writing of the request to suspend or expel from the GCE. The secretary then submits copies of the recommendation by Ministerial Services (or international equivalent) to all members of the Council for their consideration. After reviewing the case based on written input (from the pastor, regional pastor and Ministerial Services, [or international equivalents], and, if possible, the elder involved), the Council makes its decision. The Council reserves the right to request any further information or input from all parties that it deems necessary to make a proper and thorough determination.

 

5. The elder, pastor, regional pastor (or international equivalent) and Ministerial Services are then notified of the decision by the secretary of the Council in writing (the elder notified via certified mail: signature required) of the decision to suspend, expel or vindicate. The date of notification shall be recorded by the secretary of the Council within one week of notification. If the decision is to uphold the recommendation to suspend or expel, the date the elder was actually contacted and notified is duly noted by Ministerial Services (or international equivalent).

Notification should go to Ministerial Services, the regional pastor (or international equivalent) and the pastor, prior to notifying the elder.

 

All information submitted in connection with a recommendation to suspend or expel an elder from the General Conference of Elders will be kept in confidence. Materials submitted in writing may not be reproduced by any means except as is necessary to facilitate a determination of a recommendation to suspend or expel.

 

 

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