Judicial Council

Judicial Council 2016 New

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A rare cancellation of a Judicial Council sessiin raises a flurry of questions about the body and its proceedings, which typically are kept confidential. more

Jan 17, 2018 3:37 PM Finance and Administration 3 Comments

2016 Book of Discipline

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The Judicial Council should have the authority to decide constitutional questions posed by any legal unit of The United Methodist Church, not just General Conference or the Council of Bishops. more

Oct 30, 2017 6:30 PM Perspectives

Judicial Council 2016

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The Judicial Council, United Methodism's "supreme court," upheld past decisions and refused to rule on the constitutionality of the denomination's policy terming homosexual practice "incompatible with Christian teaching." more

Oct 29, 2017 7:09 AM Finance and Administration

Newly formed caucus plans several events while the church's "high court" decides several items related to LGBTQ+ issues. more

Oct 25, 2017 2:57 PM Advocating Justice


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Separate petitions from the California-Pacific and Denmark conferences seek a ruling from the Judicial Council on whether the issue of homosexuality legitimately falls under United Methodist doctrinal standards. more

Jul 26, 2017 9:12 AM GC Archive 2 Comments

Two Attorneys

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The Judicial Council refused to reconsider its decision holding that a license for a same-sex marriage constitutes evidence that a clergy person or bishop is a "self-avowed practicing homosexual" in disobedience to church law. more

Jul 7, 2017 4:57 PM Finance and Administration 3 Comments

Oliveto Mother

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The Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops has asked for reconsideration of Judicial Council ruling 1341, which held that a same-sex marriage license is evidence of a person being a "self-avowed practicing homosexual." more

Jun 15, 2017 12:17 PM Finance and Administration

Magnifying Glass

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Jesus broke the rules of the holiness code, rendering himself ritually unclean, with great regularity, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. Instead of following Jesus, we want a cheap holiness code. more

Jun 5, 2017 4:14 PM Christy Thomas 3 Comments

Oliveto Prayer

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith analyzes the long-term impact of the Judicial Council ruling on the Western Jurisdiction's election of Rev. Karen Oliveto as bishop. more

May 8, 2017 4:53 PM Jeremy Smith

Court Rings Illustration

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The real dangers from the Judicial Council's rulings on LGBT issues isn't what appears on the surface, but something that sets a threatening precedent, writes the Rev. Thomas Griffith. more

May 3, 2017 8:12 AM Perspectives 1 Comments

Injustice Scales


There's "judicial activism" on the church's "high court" just as in government, and it centers on the UMC's stances regarding homosexuality, writes the Rev. Wesley White, more

May 3, 2017 7:58 AM Perspectives

Reconciling No Such Law

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Reactions continue to boil over to the Judicial Council rulings on the consecration of Bishop Karen Oliveto and the requirements to consider ministerial candidates' sexuality. more

May 3, 2017 7:47 AM Perspectives 5 Comments


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The Judicial Council ruling that Bishop Karen Oliveto's marriage license is proof of homosexual practice throws The United Methodist Church into a whole new situation, writes the Rev. Chris Ritter. more

May 1, 2017 4:51 PM Perspectives 1 Comments

Izzy Alvaran

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Conferences cannot exempt candidates from UMC ban on ordaining LGBTQ people, says Judicial Council. more

Apr 29, 2017 11:33 AM Finance and Administration


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More United Methodists rebuked than rejoiced in responses to the Judicial Council decision that has ruled the Western Jurisdiction's consecration of Bishop Karen Oliveto to have violated church law. more

Apr 29, 2017 11:27 AM Finance and Administration 5 Comments

Reconciling No Such Law

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"We give no authority to any legal decision that undermines God’s work and Word," said Matt Berryman, Reconciling Ministries Network executive director, in the organization's formal response to Judicial Council Decision 1354. more

Apr 29, 2017 9:22 AM Finance and Administration 1 Comments

Bishop Ough Remarks

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Bishop Bruce Ough urges United Methodists to respect the Judicial Council decision on Bishop Karen Oliveto and continue to pray and work for church unity despite deep divisions. more

Apr 28, 2017 10:18 PM Finance and Administration 2 Comments

Oliveto Consult

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Judicial Council rules Western Jurisdiction shouldn't have consecrated Bishop Oliveto knowing she was a "self avowed practicing homosexual" in violation of the UMC ban against gay clergy. more

Apr 28, 2017 5:35 PM Finance and Administration 5 Comments

Alex de Silva Souto

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Spectators were prayerful, tuneful and respectful outside the April 25 public oral argument hearings before the Judicial Council regarding the Western Jurisdiction's election of openly lesbian Bishop Karen Oliveto. more

Apr 26, 2017 4:22 PM Finance and Administration