Judicial Council Decisions


Decisions: 1100-1189

1100. Request from the 2008 General Conference of The United Methodist Church with Respect to the Meaning, Application and Effect of Legislative Calendar Item 742 Regarding the Creation of a U.S. Regional Conference

1101. Request for a Declaratory Decision from the 2008 General Conference with Respect to the Meaning, Application, and Effect of ¶ 602 of the 2004 Discipline as it Relates to the New ¶ 320.6 Adopted by the 2008 General Conference Regarding Status of Retired Local Pastors

1102. IN RE: Request for a Declaratory Decision from the Alaska United Methodist Conference upon the meaning, application and effect of ¶ of the 2004 Book of Discipline as it relates to ¶¶214 and 225

1103. Request from the California-Pacific Annual Conference for a Declaratory Decision on the Constitutionality, Meaning, Application or Effect of ¶ 327.6 of the 2004 Discipline, ¶ 318 of the 1996 Discipline, and of Judicial Council Decision 799 in Terms of the Authority of the Board of Ordained Ministry or its Executive Committee to Overturn Ruling on a Question of Law by the Chair of the Board of Ordained Ministry

1104. Request for Declaratory Decision from the West Ohio Annual Conference of the meaning, application and effect of ¶ 405.2c adopted by the 2008 General Conference regarding the relationship between the Interjurisdictional Committee on Episcopacy and the General Conference

1105. Review of a decision of law by Bishop Marcus Matthews of the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference concerning the mandatory appointment of a clergy member after a trial court decision declaring the clergy member not guilty of the alleged offenses

1106. Review of Decisions by Bishop Edward Paup of the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference Regarding a Request for a Decision of Law on the Consultation Process in the Appointment of Pastors

1107. Review of Determination by Bishop John L. Hopkins of the East Ohio Annual Conference that a Motion to Refer a Matter to the Judicial Council Was Not a Request for a Decision of Law

1108. Request for Declaratory Decision from Kansas East Conference on the Meaning, Application and Effect of ¶ 507.2 of the 2004 Discipline with Regard to the Scope of Petitions Presented to General Conference

1109. Request for a Declaratory Decision from the Western North Carolina Annual Conference on Whether ¶ 1117.9 of the 2004 Discipline as Amended by the 2008 General Conference Contravenes Restrictive Rule 1 of The United Methodist Church Regarding Article XVIII of the Articles of Religion

1110. Review of a Decision of Law by Bishop Beverly J. Shamana of the California-Nevada Annual Conference on Whether a Resolution Passed by the Annual Conference Related to Retired Clergy’s Willingness to Perform Same Gender Marriage or Holy Unions violates ¶ 2702.1 of the 2004 Discipline.

1111. IN RE: Review of a Decision of Law by Bishop Beverly J. Shamana of the California-Nevada Annual Conference on Whether a Resolution Passed by the Annual Conference Related to Retired Clergy’s Willingness to Perform Same Gender Marriages or Holy Unions violates ¶ 2702.1 of 2004 Book of Discipline.

1112. Review of a Decision by Bishop Beverly J. Shamana of the California-Nevada Annual Conference Not to Recognize the Lay Member Credentials of an Individual Who Asserted that His Local Church Was Discontinued Without Regard to Disciplinary Procedures.

1113. Review of Decision of Law by Bishop Robert Hayes at the 2008 South Central Jurisdictional Conference Regarding Use of Property at Southern Methodist University.

1114. Request for a Declaratory Decision from the West Ohio Annual Conference on the Meaning, Application, and Effect of ¶ 405.2 (c) adopted by the 2008 General Conference regarding the relationship between the Interjurisdictional Committee on Episcopacy and the General Conference.

1115. Review of Decision of Law by Bishop Mary Ann Swenson of the California-Pacific Annual Conference on Whether a Resolution Passed by the Annual Conference Supporting Clergy Who Celebrate Same Gender Marriages Violates ¶¶ 341 and 2702 of the 2004 Book of Discipline.

1116. Review of Decision by Bishop Mary Ann Swenson of the California-Pacific Annual Conference Regarding a Request for a Decision of Law Related to Conference Clergy Benefit Charge.

1117. Review of Decision of Bishop Warner Brown of the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference Not to Recognize as a Request for a Decision of Law a Written Request That Was Not Introduced During the Business of the Annual Conference.

1118. Request for a Declaratory Decision from the Alaska United Methodist Conference upon the meaning, application, and effect of ¶ 4 of the 2004 Book of Discipline as it relates to ¶¶ 214 and 225.

1119. Request for a Declaratory Decision from the Minnesota Annual Conference Related to the Meaning, Effect, and Application of Section II, Article IV 2, and Section VI, Article I, of the Constitution as They Apply to ¶ 316.6 and ¶ 327.2 and the Prohibition of Local Pastors and Provisional Members Voting on Constitutional Amendments

1120. Review of a Decision of Law by Bishop John R. Schol of the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference as to Whether a Resolution on Human Sexuality Was Properly Before the Conference in Light of ¶ 161 F

1121. Review of a Decision of Law by Bishop Larry M. Goodpaster of the Western North Carolina Annual Conference as to whether the Choice Empowerment apportionment paradigm adopted in 2004 and still in effect in the annual conference is in violation of ¶ 247.14.

1122. Review of a Decision of Law by Bishop William W. Hutchinson of the Louisiana Conference as to Whether ¶ 247.13 is Violated by the Practice of the Setting of Clergy Compensation by the Charge Conference Prior to Knowing the Exact Amount of the Annual Health Insurance Program

1123. Request for a Declaratory Decision from the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference on the Meaning, Effect, and Application of ¶354 and ¶355 in Determining If the Bishop, Cabinet, Conference Relations Committee, or Board of Ordained Ministry Can Put Requirements on an Individual Who Is Granted Voluntary Leave of Absence

1124. Review of Decision of Bishop Jeremiah J. Park of the New York Annual Conference Related to a Request for a Decision of Law on Legality of a Resolution Supporting Persons Who Dissent from The Book of Discipline

1125. Review of a Decision of Law by Bishop Jonathan D. Keaton of the Detroit Annual Conference Regarding the Reconciling Ministries Network

1126. Request for a Declaratory Decision from the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference as to Whether a Retired Elder in Full Connection Can Serve as Chairperson of a Local Church Committee on Finance

1127. Review of a Decision of Law by Bishop Jonathan D. Keaton of the West Michigan Annual Conference Regarding Adoption of a Master Group Program for Insuring All Churches in the Conference

1128. Request for Declaratory Decision from the Commission on the General Conference on the Meaning, Effect, and Application of ¶ 13 of the Constitution as It Relates to ¶ 502.3e in Determining Any Restrictions on the Degree of Adjustment in Number of Delegates to be Made by the Secretary of the General Conference

1129. Request for a Declaratory Decision from the Virginia Annual Conference as to the Meaning, Application, and Effect of ¶¶ 639, 1504, and 1506 with Respect to Sponsorship and Administration of Denominational Pension and Benefit Plans

1130. Review of Decisions of Law by Bishop Elaine J. Stanovsky of the Yellowstone Annual Conference Regarding Clergy Withdrawal Between Sessions of Annual Conference

1131. Review of Bishop’s Decision of Law in the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference Related to the Rights of a Clergy Member Under Complaint.

1132. A Review of a Decision of Law by Bishop Mary Ann Swenson of the California-Pacific Annual Conference Related to Conference Clergy Benefit Charge

1133. Request from the Western North Carolina Conference for Review According to Paragraph 2609.4 of a Clergy Couple Housing Policy Presented to the Annual Conference

1134. Request for a Declaratory Decision from the Wyoming Annual Conference Regarding the Complaint Process with Reference to ¶¶ 361, 362, and 2701.2d

1135. Review of a Decision of Law by Bishop Susan Hassinger of the Wyoming Annual Conference Related to Provisions for Voluntary, Involuntary Retirement

1136. Review of a Decision of Law by Bishop Janice Riggle Huie of the Texas Annual Conference Regarding Early Retirement Incentive Plan (ERIP) Utilizing Pension Reserve in Light of ¶ 613.1

1137. Request for Reconsideration of Decision 1113

1138. Request for Reconsideration of Decision 1112

1139. Review of a Decision of Law by Bishop John R. Schol of the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference Regarding the Authority of “Adventure Guides” Who Are Not Elders to Conduct Local Church or Charge Conferences in Light of ¶ 246.5

1140. IN RE: Review of Decision of Bishop D. Max Whitfield of the Northwest Texas Annual Conference Regarding the Legality of the Annual Conference’s Vote on Constitutional Amendments

1140. Review of Decision of Bishop D. Max Whitfield of the Northwest Texas Annual Conference Regarding the Legality of the Annual Conference’s Vote on Constitutional Amendments

1141. Review of Decision of Law by Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr., of the California- Nevada Annual Conference as to Whether or Not ¶ 1506.7 Permits the Annual Conference to Adopt a Past Service Annuity Rate that Remains the Same from One Year to the Next

1141. IN RE: Review of Decision of Law by Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr., of the California- Nevada Annual Conference as to Whether or Not ¶ 1506.7 Permits the Annual Conference to Adopt a Past Service Annuity Rate that Remains the Same from One Year to the Next

1142. Review of a Bishop’s Decision of Law in the West Michigan Annual Conference Regarding Adoption of a Master Group Program for Insuring All Churches in the Conference in Light of ¶ 2532.2.

1143. IN RE: Request for Reconsideration of Decision 1125

1144. Review of a Bishop’s Decision of Law in the Indiana Conference Regarding Whether the 2010 Budget was Properly Before the Annual Conference.

1145. Request for Declaratory Decision from the California-Pacific Annual Conference Regarding Voluntary Termination of Conference Membership by Withdrawal Under Complaint or Charges.

1146. Review of a Bishop’s Decision of Law in the Indiana Conference Regarding Whether the 2010 Budget Meets the Requirements of ¶ 615.1 and ¶ 811.4.

1147. Review of a Bishop’s Decision of Law in the Dakotas Annual Conference Regarding the Structure of the Annual Conference Under the Provisions of ¶ 16.15 and ¶ 610.

1148. Review of a Bishop’s Decision of Law in the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference Regarding the Authority of “Adventure Guides” Who Are Not Elders to Conduct Local Church or Charge Conferences in Light of ¶ 246.5.

1149. Request for a Declaratory Decision from the Supervisory Committee of the College of Bishops of the Philippines Central Conference and the Committee on the Episcopacy of the Philippines Central Conference Regarding the Authority of the Philippines Central Conference College of Bishops to Handle a Complaint Against One of Its Members Under ¶ 413.

1150. Review of a Bishop’s Decision of Law in the Texas Conference Regarding Retirement Incentives Utilizing Pension Reserve in Light of ¶ 613.1

1151. Appeal of Jimmy J. Montgomery

1152. Review of a Bishop’s Decision of Law in the Middle Philippines Annual Conference Regarding the Designation of the Site of an Annual Conference Session Pursuant to ¶ 603.3

1153. Petition for Reconsideration of Memorandum 1145

1154. Request for Reconsideration of Judicial Council Decision 1151

1155. Request from the New York Annual Conference for a Declaratory Decision Regarding an Annual Conference Policy That Affirms that Article XXI of the Articles of Religion in ¶ 103 Takes Precedence Over ¶ 2702 That Prohibits Same Sex Marriage for Clergy

1156. Request from the Baltimore Washington Annual Conference for a Declaratory Decision on the Meaning, Effect, and Application of ¶¶ 354 and 355 Regarding Requirement of Remedial Action for an Individual Granted Voluntary Leave of Absence

1157. Request from the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference for a Declaratory Decision on the Effect and Application of the Policy and Protocol on Clergy Sexual Misconduct of the Baltimore Washington Annual Conference and the Protocol on Lay Sexual Misconduct of the Baltimore Washington Annual Conference and ¶ 605.8 of the 2008 Book of Discipline in the Case of a Clergy Member

1158. Request from the Arkansas Annual Conference for the Judicial Council on its own motion to reconsider Judicial Council Decision 1032.

In Re: Request from the Northern Illinois Annual Conference for the Judicial Council on its own motion to reconsider Judicial Council Decision 1032.


1159. Request from the South Carolina Annual Conference for a Declaratory Decision as to the Meaning, Application, and Effect of ¶ 502 in Light of ¶¶ 13 and 15 of the Constitution in Regards the Authority of the Secretary of the General Conference to Determine the Number of Delegates to the General Conference

1160. Request from the Northern Illinois Annual Conference for a Declaratory Decision on Whether the Action of the 2008 General Conference in Changing the Language of ¶ 225 from “May” to “Shall” supersedes Judicial Council Decision 1032

1161. Review of a Bishop’s Decision of Law in the Mississippi Annual Conference Regarding Whether a Report of the Council on Finance and Administration Violates ¶613.8

1162. Request for a Reconsideration of Decision 1152

1163. Review of a Request for a Bishop’s Decision of Law in the New York Annual Conference Regarding a Proposed Advertising Campaign in Light of ¶ 613.20

1164. Request from the Northern Illinois Annual Conference for a Declaratory Decision on the Annual Conference’s Inclusion of Sexual Orientation and Transgender Identity in Its Definition of Status in Regard to Article IV of the Constitution

1165. Request for a Declaratory Decision from the Minnesota Annual Conference to determine if Article IV, ¶ 139 and ¶¶ 214-225 take precedence over Judicial Council Decision 1032

1166. Review of a Bishop’s Decisions of Law in the Kentucky Annual Conference Regarding the Complaint Procedures Against a Retired Elder

1167. Review of a Bishop’s Decisions of Law in the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference Regarding the Discontinuation of a Provisional Member with Regard to ¶¶ 327, 362 and 636

1168. Request for a Declaratory Decision from the Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops in Reference to ¶411 and the Length of Term for a Bishop in the Africa Central Conference

1169. Review of a Bishop’s Decisions of Law in the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference Regarding the Right of a Clergyperson to Trial with Reference to ¶¶ 20, 2704.2a, 2706.1, and 2706.5c

1170. Review Of A Bishop’s Decision Of Law In The Philippines Annual Conference Concerning The Re-Election Of A Member Of The Annual Conference Board Of Trustees Whose Term Has Expired

1171. A Review of a Bishop’s Decision of Law as to Whether the Structure of the Indiana Annual Conference Complies with Paragraph 634 Regarding Higher Education and Campus Ministry

1172. Review of a Bishop’s Decision of Law in the Indiana Annual Conference Regarding Whether the 2011 Budget Meets Requirements of ¶¶ 615 and 811.4 and Complies with Judicial Council Decisions 1054 and 1146

1173. Review of a Bishop’s Decision of Law in the Iowa Annual Conference Regarding Annual Conference “Rules for the Election of General and Jurisdictional Delegates” As They Relate to ¶¶ 162, 164, and 721

1174. Review of a Bishop’s Decision of Law in the North Alabama Annual Conference Regarding the Consultation Process in Light of ¶ 431

1175. Review of a Bishop's Decision of Law in the Arkansas Annual Conference Regarding Repayment of Ministerial Education Fund Service Loans in Light of ¶ 816

1176. Review of a Bishop’s Decision of Law in the California-Nevada Annual Conference in Light of the Discontinuance of a Local Church with Regard to ¶ 2548.2

1177. Request for a Declaratory Decision from a Majority of the Bishops of the Philippines Central Conference Regarding Actions Taken by a Philippines Central Conference Committee on Investigation on a Judicial Complaint Against an Incumbent Bishop with Reference to ¶¶ 2706 and 2712

1178. Request from the Northern Illinois Annual Conference for a Declaratory Decision Regarding Direction Given to the Annual Conference Board of Ordained Ministry to Ensure That No More Than a Profession of Faith and Vows of the Baptismal Covenant Be Required of New Church Members in Light of Article IV, ¶¶ 139 and 214-225

1179. Request from the Northern Illinois Annual Conference for a Declaratory Decision as to the Meaning, Effect, and Application of ¶ 4 of the Constitution as it Relates to an Annual Conference Rule that All Clergy Shall, Without Discretion, Admit to Membership Any Baptized Member Desiring to Join the United Methodist Church and Avowing the Faith

1180. Request from the Northern Europe and Eurasia Central Conference Council for a Declaratory Decision on the Meaning, Application and Effect of ¶ 31.4 in Relation to ¶¶ 581 and ¶ 582 Regarding Establishment of a Provisional Annual Conference

1181. IN RE: Request for a Declaratory Decision as to the Meaning, Effect, and Application of the Amended Division Two, Section VI, ¶ 35, Article IV of the 2008 Discipline

1182. Request for Reconsideration of Judicial Council Decision 1149

1183. Request for Reconsideration of Judicial Council Decision 1162

1184. Request for Reconsideration of Judicial Council Decision 1176

1185. REQUEST FROM THE NEW YORK ANNUAL CONFERENCE FOR A DECLARATORY DECISION REGARDING AN ANNUAL CONFERENCE POLICY THAT AFFIRMS THAT ARTICLE XXI OF THE ARTICLES OF RELIGION IN ¶ 103 TAKES PRECEDENCE OVER ¶ 2702 THAT PROHIBITS SAME SEX MARRIAGE FOR CLERGY

1186. Request from the California-Pacific Annual Conference for a Declaratory Decision as to the Meaning, Effect, and Application of ¶¶ 362 and 363, Including Reference To Judicial Council Decision 830 and the Restrictive Rule in Section III, ¶20, Article IV of the Constitution

1187. Request from the California-Pacific Annual Conference for the Judicial Council on Its Own Motion to Reconsider Judicial Council Decision 1032

1188. Review of a Bishop’s Decision of Law in the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference Regarding the Right of a Clergyperson to Trial with Reference to ¶¶ 20, 2704.2a, 2706.1, and 2706.5c

1189. RECONSIDERATION OF DECISION 1156



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