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Delegates pause for prayer during the Feb. 23 Day of Prayer and Preparation at the 2019 Special Session of the United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Judicial Council to review GC2019 actions

The two agenda items deal with the constitutionality questions related to Traditional Plan and exit plan approved by GC2019.
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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.
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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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Bishop William B. Oden grew up on an Oklahoma farm, and would eventually travel the world as a representative for The United Methodist Church, advocating for ecumenical and interfaith cooperation. Photo courtesy of the Council of Bishops.

Bishop Oden, ecumenical leader, dies at 83

He led two annual conferences, served as Council of Bishops president and helped strengthen United Methodist ties with the Episcopal Church.

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