The Judicial Council, at its April 2019 meeting, reviewed actions taken by the special General Conference in February. The council serves as The United Methodist Church’s supreme court. General Conference, the denomination’s top lawmaking body, passed the Traditional Plan, which enhances current policies about homosexuality and strengthens enforcement, and approved procedures for local churches to disaffiliate from the denomination and retain local church property.
General Conference delegates then asked the Judicial Council to rule on “the constitutionality, meaning, application and effect” of the Traditional Plan. In addition, the Council of Bishops requested a declaratory decision on the constitutionality of the disaffiliation plan.
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