Book of Discipline

Bishops
Manila Area Bishop Ciriaco Q. Francisco (left) presides at a meeting of the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters in Manila, Philippines. At right is the Rev. Deanna Stickley-Miner, the committee’s secretary. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Feedback sought on global Discipline effort

After the tumultuous GC2019, United Methodist leaders have delayed asking General Conference to vote on what is adaptable in the Book of Discipline.
General Church
A banner with a message of inclusion and a rainbow flag fly outside Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Atlanta. Resistance continues to passage of the Traditional Plan at last month’s special called General Conference in St. Louis. Photo courtesy of Saint Mark United Methodist Church.

Resistance to GC2019 spreads

United Methodists unhappy about passage of Traditional Plan find various ways to apologize to the LGBTQ community— and to protest.
General Church
Members of the Judicial Council during the Feb. 23 morning of prayer at the 2019 Special Session of the United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Court Rules two GC2019 petitions unconstitutional

The United Methodist Judicial Council finds problems in legislative proposals for future church structure.
General Church
The Rev. Gary Graves announced that the United Methodist Judicial Council has received a petition for a declaratory decision from the Council of Bishops on the constitutionality petitions. Graves, secretary of the General Conference, made the announcement to the General Conference delegates during the Feb. 23 opening session. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

Court to consider GC2019 request from bishops

United Methodist Council of Bishops asks the Judicial Council for rulings on constitutionality of two legislative petitions.

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