Recently Read: Judicial Council rules on question of authority

The Rev. L. Fitgerals Reist III, secretary of the 2016 United Methodist General Conference, addresses the plenary May 20 in Portland, OR.Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

The Rev. L. Fitgerals Reist III, secretary of the 2016 United Methodist General Conference, addresses the plenary May 20 in Portland, OR.

Linda Bloom, the Judicial Council reporter for the United Methodist News Service, writes about the Judicial Council’s latest ruling on the request from Jeremy Troxler to examine the possible conflict between ¶16 and ¶33 of the United Methodist Book of Discipline. 

In response to a request for review from General Conference 2016, the United Methodist Judicial Council has found no conflict between two of its previous decisions or between specific paragraphs in the church’s constitution.

Decision 1321, issued May 20, said that Paragraphs 16 and 33 of the constitution “assign specific authority and responsibility to the General Conference and to the annual conferences in The United Methodist Church. They are not in conflict.”

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So in essence GC can make a decision regarding Gays in ministry, however AC have the power to enforce said policy at the local level. Thus they can choose at what level to enforce the policies based on local situations. So we can kiss a uniform interpretation goodbye at the local level. Buttttt Red areas can do what they want and Blue what they want.

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