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The Rev. Wayne Coffin, a former member of the United Methodist Judicial Council, died July 4 at the age of 95. Photo by Kristin Van Nort, Oklahoma Conference; cropped by UM News.

Coffin, former Judicial Council member, dies at 95

The Rev. Wayne Coffin, Oklahoma Conference, served on The United Methodist Church’s top court from 1980-96.
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Photo of The Rev. William B. Lawrence by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Commentary: Two decisions, one a danger

The former president of the United Methodist Judicial Council analyzes the court’s rulings on the Traditional Plan legislation and the disaffiliation legislation.
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A summary of the top court's rulings on GC2019 legislation on petitions 1378 and 1379 passed during the special called General Conference. Downloadable PDF. Graphic by United Methodist News Service.

Chart of top court's rulings on GC2019 legislation

Read a summary of decisions by the Judicial Council on petitions passed during the special called General Conference. Downloadable PDF.
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This is an overview of the plenary hall and stage of the Feb. 24 opening worship service for the special called 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Court rulings escalate talk of church split

The Judicial Council upheld much of the Traditional Plan and cleared the way for congregations to leave with their property.

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