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Petition to Remove KW Carter from the CME Church's College of Bishops

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In accordance with Chapter 43, Article 803 of the Book of Discipline (BOD) we, the undersigned members of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, do respectfully bring formal charges against Bishop Kenneth Wayne Carter for specifically violating church rules and law on adultery, homosexuality, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct and soiling the office of Bishop with his life. A Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault lawsuit was filed on April 25, 2007 in the 48th District Court of Tarrant Country in the State of Texas by Allen Scott against The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Senior Bishop William Graves and Bishop Kenneth Wayne Carter: Case Number 048-223708-07. On August 27, 2010 Bishop Carter was found guilty (liable for civil damages). The ruling was appealed. On January 5, 2012 the Court of Appeals, Second District of Texas affirmed the Trial Court’s verdict finding Bishop Carter liable for civil damages for the offense he committed against Minister Allen Scott, a member of the Texas clergy. A copy of the Appellate Court ruling is attached as Exhibit 1. Additionally, in accordance with Chapter 43, Article 803.1 of the BOD and now that the Appellate Court has rendered their ruling and affirmed the Trial Court’s verdict we request that you began formal disciplinary action proceeding against Bishop Carter immediately. While we fervently believe in the Power of the Blood of Jesus to save us from sin, this offense is undeserving of a Bishop in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Bishop Carter voluntarily admitted in depositions to having the sexual encounter (he stated consensual) but more importantly he has been found liable for Sexual Assault in a civil court and the jury’s decision was affirmed by the Appellate Court. As a matter of principle and law Bishop Carter has violated the BOD of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Articles Chapter 4, Articles 131.4(g) & (h) and Chapter 43 Articles 802. Therefore, we do not believe that an investigation is called for as outlined in Chapter 43, Article 803.1 is required. While we have Christian love for Bishop Carter, we are bound by the Holy Bible, as interpreted through the Book of Discipline of the CME Church. The Discipline definitively states that the Church condemns these actions. Therefore we request that you as Senior Bishop in conjunction with the College of Bishops of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church began without delay under the powers granted to you in the BOD dismiss Bishop Kenneth Wayne Carter of his Episcopal duties and remove him from the College of Bishops. Furthermore, in light the Texas State Court rulings, Bishop Carter should be suspended immediately pending his formal removal from the College of Bishops. Prayerfully submitted,

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