The Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church will conduct an Oral Hearing in the case of the Rev. Frank Schaefer on October 22, 2014, at the Doubletree Hotel at 185 Union Avenue in downtown Memphis, Tenn.
The Judicial Council, the top court of the The United Methodist Church, recently published the agenda for their October meeting, leading to several articles in the church and secular press. United Methodist News Service’s (UMNS) Linda Bloom offered an synopsis of the issues in an article on the UMCConnections site: During the 2013 annual conference […]
There are plenty of critics of the Judicial Council’s high-profile decisions in 2012. But nobody can accuse the council of blowing with the prevailing winds, since it overruled majority actions of both General Conference and the South Central Jurisdiction. The Rev. William B. Lawrence led the Judicial Council through much of this tumultuous year, even […]
Summarizing a full year in the life of the sprawling, conflicted United Methodist Church is always a challenge. Every fourth year, it gets tougher. That’s because General Conference—the quadrennial gathering for setting church policy, law and finances—occurs and influences so much of church life. But the 2012 General Conference faced surprising competition as a news-maker. […]
The South Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops has recommended that Bishop Earl Bledsoe be assigned to oversee the Northwest Texas and New Mexico Conferences. The jurisdiction’s episcopacy committee had voted to retire him involuntarily, claiming he had been an ineffective administrator in his four years of leading the North Texas Conference; but the Judicial Council overturned that action […]
By Christy Thomas, Special Contributor… The United Methodist Church cannot be re-formed. It’s over for us with our current structure. The Judicial Council’s decision to revoke the involuntary retirement of Bishop Earl Bledsoe over issues of violation of procedural minutia found in the Book of Discipline (not over the question of his effectiveness, which was […]
Here’s a corrected text of Judicial Council Decision 1230, reinstating Bishop Earl Bledsoe to active status. IN RE: Appeal of Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe Challenging the Action of the South Central Jurisdictional Committee on the Episcopacy and the 2012 South Central Jurisdictional Conference DIGEST Due to the numerous errors in violation of the principles of […]
The frustration level for reformers of the struggling United Methodist Church appeared to reach a new high as the denomination’s Judicial Council struck down the last major reform standing after General Conference 2012. The council, after an Oct. 24-27 meeting outside Chicago that considered 18 cases, ruled that legislation to end guaranteed appointment for ordained […]
A report from the Oct. 24-27 meeting of the United Methodist Judicial Council, the denomination’s top court, which considered18 cases.
By Neill Caldwell for United Methodist News Service… ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. (UMNS) — The top court of The United Methodist Church has upheld church rules that ensure security of appointment for elders and associate clergy members, striking down legislation passed by the denomination’s lawmaking assembly last spring. The church’s General Conference, meeting in Tampa, […]