Judicial Council elections

Two clergy, two laity and six alternate clergy and laity were elected on Monday to the Judicial Council, the denomination’s “highest judicial body.” It is composed of 9 members and reflects the diversity of The United Methodist Church. The Council determines the constitutionality of any act of the General Conference, proposed legislation, and shall “pass upon and affirm, modify, or reverse the decisions of law made by Bishops” among other duties and responsibilities.

Laity elected are: N. Oswald Tweh, Sr. and Beth Capen.

Lay alternates: Sandra Lutz, Kurt Glassco, Randall Miller, Deanell Reece Tacha, W, Warren Plowden, Jr., and Reynaldo V. Abdon.

Clergy elected are: J. Kabamba Kiboko and Dennis L. Blackwell.

Clergy alternates: Timothy K. Bruster, John E. Harnish, Susan Henry-Crow, Oyvind Helliesen, Jane A. Tews, and Laura B. Easto.

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