Judicial Council announces special session

The United Methodist Judicial Council has confirmed it will meet May 22-25 to consider one or more petitions related to the special session of General Conference in February 2019.

General Conference 2019 will focus solely on one topic — the church’s position on homosexuality.

In an April 16 letter, Lui Tran, Judicial Council secretary, told Bishop Cynthia Harvey that the United Methodist Council of Bishops’ request for a special meeting of the denomination’s top court “has been granted.” Harvey is the secretary of the Council of Bishops.

The Judicial Council’s special session will take place at the Hilton Orrington Hotel in Evanston, Illinois.

A provisional docket for the May 22-25 session has been posted on the council’s website, along with a list of deadlines on the calendar. A final docket will be available online following the May 6 deadline for the submission of petitions. A

The Judicial Council session follows the conclusion of the Council of Bishops’ April 29-May 4 meeting and the final meeting of the Commission on the Way Forward on May 14-17. The commission, appointed by the bishops, has been advising the bishops on possible ways through the denomination’s longtime impasse around how to minister with LGBTQ individuals.

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