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The Book of Discipline contains the rules that guide The United Methodist Church. The Judicial Council — the denomination’s top court — faces multiple questions related to how to interpret Disciplinary provisions about General Conference. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Church court deals with General Conference delay

Three United Methodist annual conferences, including one in Africa, have asked the denomination’s highest court to rule on the ramifications of General Conference’s third postponement since the onset of COVID. The Judicial Council also faces more questions about church disaffiliations.
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Bishop Minerva Carcaño speaks about The United Methodist Church's social witness during the 2020 Pre-General Conference Briefing in Nashville, Tenn. The bishop has been suspended with pay since March. In a memorandum released Oct. 26, the Judicial Council declined to take up the bishop’s case at this stage of the complaint process. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Church court declines to take up bishop’s case

Bishop Minerva Carcaño has been suspended from episcopal duties since March. While not naming the bishop, The United Methodist Church’s top court ruled that it did not have jurisdiction to take up a complaint against a bishop at this stage of the judicial process.
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Bishops process into worship at the 2019 special session of the General Conference held in St. Louis. Amid increasing church disaffiliations, bishops are speaking out to address misinformation they say is being spread about The United Methodist Church’s future. File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UM News.

Bishops push back against recruitment tactics

Bishops are trying to set the record straight on misinformation being spread about The United Methodist Church’s future. They also are working toward building a church where traditionalists, centrists and progressives will all feel they belong.
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Memorandum addresses conference’s withdrawal

The Judicial Council also released another ruling on Aug. 23 dealing with the vote by the Bulgaria-Romania Provisional Annual Conference to move from The United Methodist Church to the Global Methodist Church.

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