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Door opens to elect bishops in 2022

2016 NCJ delegates elect David Bard

The Council of Bishops (COB) is expressing its appreciation following the Judicial Council’s ruling that the COB is authorized to set the date to elect bishops in 2022.

When a denomination launches

What denomination for a church?

Don’t expect The United Methodist Church to look much different as a denomination come May 2, says Heather Hahn in this report from United Methodist News.

Commission aims to stop GC delays

Commission Chair Gary Graves

The Commission on the General Conference has not yet announced exact times and place for the 2024 session. Task forces are looking into strategic logistics.

Bishop’s Ruling of Law on R2021-14

Bishop asked for ruling on R2021-14

Bishop David Bard was asked for a ruling on the 2021 Michigan Annual Conference approval of a resolution on the inclusiveness of the Michigan Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Top court will not rule on Protocol in advance

Thomas Bickerton at General Conference 2019

The Judicial Council has ruled, through Zoom sessions, on part of a spring 2020 docket postponed by COVID. The court issued decisions on three matters from the 2019 Michigan Annual… Continue Reading Top court will not rule on Protocol in advance

Top court to consider Protocol

Protocol leaders in 2019.

The Judicial Council has not met since the coronavirus pandemic began. They now plan to use video conferencing to address issues, including the constitutionality of Protocol legislation.

Trustees clarify disaffiliation process

Trustees offer signpost

Jim LeBaron, Chair of the Michigan Conference Board of Trustees, announces that an updated Withdrawal Agreement has been posted to the Disaffiliation webpage.

Court rules on exit plan and more

Judicial Council debates exit plan vote

Legislation setting special exit provisions for any United Methodist churches that want to leave the denomination took effect last February, the church’s top court has ruled.

Bishop Bard clarifies disaffiliation info

Bishop Thomas Bickerton clarifies a point with colleagues

Because of voting irregularities, the legislation passed at GC 2019, concerning churches leaving the denomination, is under question. Bishop Bard claries the effect for Michigan.

Bishops have questions for Judicial Council

Bishops Haller and Ough listen intently during a meeting of the Council of Bishops.

Council of Bishops asks the Judicial Council, UMC’s top court, to rule on five questions related to the Traditional Plan. 

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