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.
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.
The United Methodist Church’s top court ruled that the Council of Bishops has the authority to call jurisdictional conferences to elect and assign new U.S. episcopal leaders but not to change the date when those new bishops take office.