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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 a new Disciplinary provision that allows congregations to disaffiliate with property under certain conditions. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.
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Judicial Council

Judicial Council to review church-exit rules

The United Methodist Church’s top court faces multiple questions related to the deadline for General Conference legislation and a new law allowing congregations to exit with property.

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At a Nov. 18 online meeting, the Commission on the General Conference and staff pressed forward with planning for the postponed legislative assembly. After the coronavirus has twice altered their plans, commission members expect to make a final decision in the first quarter of next year on whether General Conference can take place as scheduled Aug. 29-Sept. 6 in Minneapolis. UM News screenshot via Zoom.
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General Conference

Setting criteria for a 2022 General Conference

Organizers named the values that will guide their decision on whether the denomination’s legislative assembly goes forward as scheduled.

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During its Nov. 2-5 online meeting, the Council of Bishops approved “A Narrative for the Continuing United Methodist Church” outlining a vision for the church where all will have a home. Graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.
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Bishops

Bishops offer framework for inclusive church

As the denomination edges toward some form of separation, bishops offer a narrative to describe their hopes for the continuing United Methodist Church.

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