Bishops Request Judicial Council Decision
According to an April 10, 2018 press release, “The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is asking the Judicial Council for a declaratory decision on what petitions can be sub
mitted to the denomination’s Special Session of General Conference called for February 2019.” Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the Council of Bishops said, “The intent is to resolve the question of whether additional petitions, beyond the report of the Commission on a Way Forward and the Council of Bishops, can be submitted to the Special 2019 General Conference prior to the convening of the Special General Conference.”
All petitions must be submitted to the Secretary of the General Conference a minimum of 230 days prior to the beginning of session, increasing the urgency for a ruling. The Confessing Movement is hopeful the Judicial Council will rule in favor of allowing other parties to submit proposals should the Council of Bishops’ recommendations not be acceptable.