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With some congregations considering leaving The United Methodist Church or just wondering about its future, Ask The UMC offers a series of questions and answers to help clear up some common misperceptions or misinformation around disaffiliation. Graphic by Laurens Glass, United Methodist Communications.

Ask The UMC: Is The United Methodist Church really... ? (Part 4)

Ask The UMC continues to answer questions, address misperceptions, and counter misinformation about The United Methodist Church and the process of disaffiliation from it.
Judicial Council

Memorandum addresses conference’s withdrawal

The Judicial Council also released another ruling on Aug. 23 dealing with the vote by the Bulgaria-Romania Provisional Annual Conference to move from The United Methodist Church to the Global Methodist Church.
Judicial Council
The Council of Bishops asked the Judicial Council — The United Methodist Church’s top court — for clarity on how Paragraph 2548.2 in the Book of Discipline should be applied. Quill by Gordon Johnson, courtesy of Pixabay; graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Church court clarifies property-transfer rules

The Judicial Council ruled that a much-debated church law can only be used to deed and transfer church property to another denomination with which The United Methodist Church has an existing agreement. No such agreement exists with a new breakaway denomination that launched this year.
Judicial Council
Members of the 2016-2020 Judicial Council. (From left) Front row: Deanell Reece Tacha, N. Oswald Tweh Sr., the Rev. Luan-Vu Tran. Back row: Lydia Romão Gulele, the late Ruben T. Reyes, the Rev. Øyvind Helliesen, the Rev. Dennis Blackwell, and the Rev. J. Kabamba Kiboko. (Not pictured, Beth Capen) The Judicial Council released three decisions June 6. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Church court releases 3 decisions

The United Methodist Church’s top court released the final rulings of its fall docket, including a decision raising constitutional issues with a longtime provision of church law. Looking ahead, the Judicial Council faces more questions related to disaffiliations.

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