Judicial Council looks at clergy penalty questions


Oct. 30, 2016 | LISLE, Ill. (UMNS)

How penalties imposed by trial courts were handled in two cases involving clergy was the subject of separate oral hearings Oct. 25 before the United Methodist Judicial Council.

The denomination’s top court, which met Oct. 25-28 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Lisle, Illinois, issued decisions on 11 docket items, including three related to the church’s position on homosexuality.

One hearing focused on the appeal of a decision of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Committee on Appeals. The committee upheld a decision related to the Jan. 11-12, 2016, church trial of the Rev. Errol Leslie by the Florida Conference.

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