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UMC News – Judicial Council Ruling

The Judicial Council, the United Methodist’s top court, has ruled on the constitutionality of the Traditional Plan that was passed by the 2019 Special General Conference in February. While some provisions of the newly adopted Traditional Plan remain unconstitutional, the rest of the plan is valid as church law. In a separate ruling, the court said that legislation to provide an exit strategy for local churches wishing to leave the denomination meets three minimum requirements and thus is constitutional “when taken together with the consent of the annual conference” as specifically outlined in the Book of Discipline.

News Summary from United Methodist News Service
Council of Bishop’s Response
Bishop Carcaño’s Response
Western Jurisdiction Response
Reconciling Ministries Network Response
UM Insight Opinion Piece
Council of Bishop’s Spring Meeting

We stand in solidarity with our LGBTQ siblings and grieve with them. This outcome was not surprising and does not change our plan to continue to resist the decisions of General Conference 2019. We remain open to new possibilities and the discussions that are happening across our conference and connection as reported in the Western Jurisdiction response. As Bishop Carcaño  said in her response, we “believe that the full inclusion of ALL God’s children is the necessary first step to being the Church God calls us to be.”

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Background and decisions taken at the United Methodist Special General Conference