Book of Discipline

Discipline Wesley

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Whether one favors any of the current future proposals, there's still time to shape the church through different legislation, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

Jeremy Smith 2 Comments

Any United Methodist individual or organization may submit petitions to change the Book of Discipline through Sept. 18, 2019. Read more

2020 General Conference 1 Comments

Central Conference structures outside of the United States pre-date the uniquely American Jurisdictional structure as the level of regional organizing between the Annual and the General Conference. Read more

Global Nature

Legislation can be used to enforce, but it is rarely effective in persuading people to change their minds, so remaining and resisting continues to be a viable option, writes Dr. David W. Scott Read more

Global Nature

In a revision of an earlier article, the Rev. Thomas H. Griffith outlines the inequities of United Methodist polity that has helped to create its current political turmoil. Read more

Perspectives 6 Comments

Rev. Thomas Griffith encourages United Methodists to remember that the denomination's constitution – along with Robert's Rules of Order – can serve to slow or stop legislation from General Conference. Read more

Perspectives 9 Comments

United Methodist leaders failed both the church and American society by refusing even to suggest that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions should be held accountable for his actions, writes the Rev. Dr. Kevin Carnahan. Read more


The compact Book of Discipline for the Holiness Methodist Church can inspire us to create a more relevant, streamlined Discipline for the global United Methodist Church, writes Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

Global Nature 1 Comments

An experienced church jurist, the Rev. Thomas Griffith cautions that bringing church complaints against Attorney General Jeff Sessions isn't likely to produce a beneficial outcome. Read more

Perspectives 2 Comments

Two eminent United Methodist jurists warn that the church is facing a constitutional crisis as its leadership has violated church law in the Way Forward process and other events. Read more

Perspectives 5 Comments

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. Read more

A Way Forward 2 Comments

Fired by his North Carolina congregation as choir director for being gay, United Methodist Ryan Mould and his supporters contend that the Book of Discipline doesn't say his orientation bans him from church leadership. Read more

Local Church 2 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. Read more


The "fair process" for handling complaints of misconduct against both United Methodist clergy and laity is complex and shrouded in confidentiality that obstructs common understanding. Read more

Ordained Ministry 1 Comments

Duke Chapel

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Removing Confederate monuments in Southern states ought to inspire The United Methodist Church to get rid of its own remnants of racism, sexism and homophobia, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

Perspectives 2 Comments

It's time to de-clutter The United Methodist Church from outworn attitudes about the Holy Bible, the Book of Discipline and the focus on sexual practice, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. Read more

Christy Thomas 4 Comments

A complaint from the South Central Jurisdiction about the Western Jurisdiction's election of openly lesbian Bishop Karen Oliveto encompasses several church legal issues, writes Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service. Read more

Finance and Administration

Amendments to the United Methodist Church's Constitution covering gender equality, membership inclusion, delegate elections, bishop elections and bishop accountability will be voted upon this year by annual conferences. Read more

Finance and Administration 1 Comments

Free BOD

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For six years, one of the Rev. Jeremy Smith's projects in The United Methodist Church has been to free our doctrine, polity, and social statements from their paywalls. Recently, the project took two steps forward … and one step back. Read more

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2012 Book of Discipline

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The United Methodist Church's "high court" assessed how clergy penalties are variously applied in different annual conferences. Read more

Finance and Administration