Conferences cannot exempt candidates from UMC ban on ordaining LGBTQ people, says Judicial Council.
Judicial Council rules Western Jurisdiction shouldn’t have consecrated Bishop Oliveto knowing she was a “self avowed practicing homosexual” in violation of the UMC ban against gay clergy.
Members of the Judicial Council heard arguments against and for the validity of the Western Jurisdiction’s election of openly lesbian Bishop Karen Oliveto. A decision won’t be issued until the court’s session is completed April 28.
More than 60 years since receiving full clergy rights, clergywomen in The United Methodist Church still struggle with discrimination related to appointments, salary and appearance, writes Linda Bloom. North Alabama UMC leaders want to change that.
The Rev. Joe Hale, who shaped the World Methodist Council during a 25-year ministry as its top executive, was remembered as a modest personality who was one of his era’s greatest advocates for peace and justice.
The United Methodist Church’s “high court” assessed how clergy penalties are variously applied in different annual conferences.
The Judicial Council has ruled that United Methodist bishops must rule on all questions properly put to them. The “high court” also overturned bishops’ ruling in two conferences that would have allowed ordination of gay clergy.
In its first deliberative session, the United Methodist Judicial Council will consider complaints about the ordination of openly LGBT candidates in the New York and Northern Illinois conferences, along with other issues.
The General Board of Global Ministries marks its departure from New York City with a worship service focused on “bittersweet” memories of a long history of mission work.
The General Board of Church and Society organizes for 2017-2020 under a new theme, “Living Faith, Seeking Justice and Pursuing Peace.”