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The United Methodist Judicial Council will consider items deferred from its October meeting during a special session just prior the 2019 General Conference in St. Louis. Submissions for the top court’s special session are limited to bodies authorized to file petitions by The United Methodist Book of Discipline. 2017 file photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Judicial Council sets special session

The February session in St. Louis, just prior to and during the special General Conference, will include docket items deferred from the court’s October meeting.
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Bishop Kenneth H. Carter Jr. addresses the United Methodist Judicial Council meeting in Zurich on Oct. 23. Carter is president of the denomination's Council of Bishops. Photo by Diane Degnan, UMCom.

Court ruling propels GC2019 strategizing

Amendments to One Church and Traditional plans are likely after Judicial Council weighed in on constitutional questions.
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Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey addresses the United Methodist Judicial Council meeting in Zurich. The council ruled Oct. 26 that the One Church Plan is largely constitutional but found problems with the Traditional Plan. Photo by Diane Degnan, UMCom.

Court: One Church Plan largely constitutional

In review of Way Forward plans, United Methodist Judicial Council flags Traditional Plan petitions that would require change; declines to rule on a third plan.
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The Rev. Gary Graves, secretary of the General Conference, addresses the Judicial Council on the question of whether the denomination’s top legislative assembly has the authority to expel a delegate for violating General Conference rules, regardless of whether a reserve delegate would be available to fill that vacancy. Photo by Diane Degnan, UMCom.

Top court releases October decisions

Rulings from the United Methodist Judicial Council meeting include those related to Oct. 23 oral hearings on clergy appeals and removal of General Conference delegates.

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