Annual Conference

Judicial Council
Attendees of the 2017 Kentucky Annual Conference in Bowling Green, Ky., raise their arms in prayer during a "Worshipful Work, Plenary." On May 10, The Judicial Council released a ruling that says U.S. annual conferences cannot disaffiliate from the denomination under current church law. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

Church court: Conferences can’t exit unilaterally

The United Methodist Church’s top court ruled that current church law does not allow annual conferences in the U.S. to withdraw from the denomination.
Judicial Council
The Judicial Council, The United Methodist Church’s top court, releases four rulings as it continues working through its fall docket. Graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Church court faces resolutions on LGBTQ inclusion

The Judicial Council released four rulings, two related to conference resolutions about the status of LGBTQ people in the church.
Annual Conferences
Bishop Patrick Streiff of the Central Conference of Central and Southern Europe preaches in Shumen, Buglaria. In a 2022 interview, Bishop Streiff of the Central Conference of Central and Southern Europe talks about the outstanding issues and consequences for his episcopal area around the decision of Bulgaria and Romania to leave The United Methodist Church. File photo courtesy of The United Methodist Church in Bulgaria.

Bishop Streiff discusses Bulgaria, Romania's decision to separate

In an interview, Bishop Patrick Streiff of the Central Conference of Central and Southern Europe talks about the outstanding issues and consequences for his episcopal area around the decision of Bulgaria and Romania to leave The United Methodist Church.
General Church
United Methodist Bishop Patrick Streiff (right) leads the March 31 session of the Bulgaria-Romania Provisional Annual Conference, with help from the Rev. Margarita Todorova, interpreter, and the Rev. Tsvetan Iliev, conference secretary. Later in the four-day meeting, conference members voted unanimously to leave The United Methodist Church for the new, traditionalist Global Methodist Church, which begins operations May 1. Photo courtesy of the Bulgaria-Romania Conference.

Bulgaria-Romania United Methodists vote to leave

In a process objected to by their bishop, members of the Bulgaria-Romania Provisional Annual Conference voted unanimously to disaffiliate from The United Methodist Church and join the Global Methodist Church.

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