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Kenneth Feinberg (holding microphone) speaks during a livestreamed panel discussion in Tampa, Fla., with members of the team that developed a new proposal that would maintain The United Methodist Church but allow traditionalist congregations to separate into a new denomination. The United Methodist Judicial Council expects to decide soon whether it has the jurisdiction to consider the constitutionality of legislation for a proposed plan for separating the denomination. File photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

Protocol legislation tops agenda of top court

In ongoing virtual meetings, the United Methodist Judicial Council will conduct business for the first time since the pandemic began.
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Zach Holder (center), with members of the Way Forward team, speaks during a special session of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference in October 2019. The United Methodist Judicial Council will review five rulings of law related to that session, which resulted in an overwhelming vote to let churches decide how to include and affirm LGBTQ people while still giving congregations the right to agree to disagree. Photo by Corbin Payne.

Top court sets pre-General Conference docket

The 14-item docket for the United Methodist Judicial Council spring meeting includes review of five rulings from a conference working to find its own “way forward” and the continuation of a request related to improper voting.
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Bishop Kenneth H. Carter speaks during an oral hearing before the United Methodist Judicial Council meeting in Evanston, Ill. Carter is president of the denomination's Council of Bishops. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Church exit plan already in effect, court says

But the United Methodist Judicial Council has no ruling on Traditional Plan questions from bishops.
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Members of the United Methodist Judicial Council listen during an oral hearing at their meeting in Evanston, Ill. From left are: the Rev. J. Kabamba Kiboko, N. Oswald Tweh Sr. and Ruben T. Reyes. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Bishops seek court’s guidance on Traditional Plan

The United Methodist Council of Bishops explains its concerns over how to implement several of the plan’s provisions during Judicial Council oral hearing.

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