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Judicial Council

The United Methodist Judicial Council is being asked to help guide the denomination through its efforts to determine a model for unity amid diversity over scriptural authority and homosexuality. more

A Way Forward

Livestreaming of the Judicial Council oral hearings in Zurich, Switzerland will be made available through United Methodist Communications and kept online for convenient viewing from U. S. time zones. more

A Way Forward

Nearly 30 briefs, totaling more than 400 pages, confront the Judicial Council as it prepares to consider the constitutionality of three plans for dealing with The United Methodist Church’s schism-threatening division over homosexuality. more

Perspectives

The request asks the Judicial Council, United Methodism's "high court," to determine the constitutionality of the three models contained in the Way Forward final report. more

A Way Forward 2 Comments

United Methodists are now trying to determine how best to submit legislation pertaining to the Way Forward report to the 2019 General Conference. more

A Way Forward 2 Comments

Members of the Judicial Council heard from two bishops, two young adults, and four other clergy and laity during a two-hour open hearing May 22. more

A Way Forward 2 Comments

The Judicial Council, the denomination's "high court," has been asked by the Council of Bishops to determine whether petitions from other groups can be considered at the 2019 Special General Conference on unity. more

A Way Forward 1 Comments

Applications by individuals related to unofficial groups seeking to be "interested parties" to the Council of Bishops' request were denied by the Judicial Council, which instead will view them as "friend of the court" briefs. more

A Way Forward 1 Comments

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The Judicial Council secretary has confirmed the special session will take up any petitions or requests from the Council of Bishops' spring meeting. more

A Way Forward 3 Comments

Judicial Council President Oswald Tweh is drawn into a political war of words in his native Liberia that disquiets United Methodists who remember the country's 12-year civil war. more

Views from a Ridge

Ending weeks of speculation, the bishops confirmed they've asked to UMC's high court to rule on whether alternatives to the Way Forward proposal will be allowed at the 2019 General Conference. more

A Way Forward 2 Comments

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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

Finance and Administration 3 Comments

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

Perspectives

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

Finance and Administration

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

Advocating Justice

Incompatibility

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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

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

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

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

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