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Judicial Council

The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church (COB) has asked the Judicial Council for a declaratory decision as to the constitutionality, meaning, application and effect of certain petitions adopted as the Traditional Plan. Read more

UMC Future 18 Comments

Delegates who have been involved with the Commission on A Way Forward and have supported the One Church Plan are asking the Judicial Council to reconsider its ruling on the Traditional Plan's constitutionality. Read more

General Conference 2019 4 Comments

William B. Lawrence

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The Judicial Council's most recent decision poses a greater threat to the future of United Methodism that may appear at first, writes the Rev. William B. Lawrence, former president of the UMC's "high court." Read more

Finance and Administration 2 Comments

Retired Bishop Michael J. Coyner thinks the denomination can be saved if it concentrates on some of the basic elements of the faith. Read more

Perspectives 18 Comments

The Rev. Darren Cushman Wood takes a deep, frank dive into the meaning and implications of the recent Judicial Council decisions upholding parts of the Traditional Plan and an exit plan. Read more

General Conference 2019 2 Comments

The four-page document from BWC's Discipleship Council bases its declaration on parts of the church's constitution and on historic Methodist documents. Read more

General Conference 2019 2 Comments

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

The so-called Traditional Plan has radically altered the United Methodist traditions of annual conference authority affecting all complaints, not just those about sexuality, writes Dr. Rebekah Miles. Read more

Perspectives 27 Comments

A compilation of responses from April 27 to the Judicial Council ruling on the Traditional Plan and the exit plan. Read more

General Conference 2019 2 Comments

Bishop Peggy A. Johnson of the Philadelphia Area is one of the first bishops to explain what the Judicial Council ruling on the Traditional Plan will mean to United Methodists. Read more

General Conference 2019 3 Comments

The Judicial Council has approved most of the Traditional Plan along with an exit plan. Read more

General Conference 2019 7 Comments

The Judicial Council will meet April 23-26 to decide on the constitutionality of the petitions that enacted the Traditional Plan. Read more

General Conference 2019 8 Comments

One petition would have removed the right of the annual conference clergy session to rule on a clergyperson's fitness, and the other would have allowed bishops to be appointed anywhere in the world. Read more

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Reconciling Ministries Network issues a statement of continued support for the Rev. David Meredith, an openly gay United Methodist pastor whose case has been remanded back to the West Ohio Conference by the Judicial Council. Read more

Finance and Administration

The Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell finds the current makeup of the multiracial international Judicial Council to be a sign of The United Methodist Church's progress in dismantling its institutional racism and sexism. Read more

Perspectives

The Judicial Council didn't endorse any of the three models from the Commission on A Way Forward's report, but ruled on the constitutionality of petitions related to the options. Now comes the strategizing by plan backers. Read more

A Way Forward

The Traditionalist Plan still threatens The United Methodist Church because the Judicial Council has given its supporters word-for-word corrections to make it constitutional, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

Jeremy Smith 1 Comments

The Judicial Council's unanimous ruling clears the way for the One Church Plan -- the model recommended from the Way Forward report – to proceed to the special 2019 General Conference in February. Read more

A Way Forward 2 Comments

The Rev. Jeremy Smith looks at the actions the United Methodist Judicial Council is most likely to take regarding the Way Forward proposals. Read more

Jeremy Smith