Disaffiliation Legislation Likely Invalid

The 2019 Special General Conference of The United Methodist Church adopted a new provision of the Book of Discipline, paragraph 2553, providing a process by which local churches could disaffiliate or exit from the denomination, released from the terms of the trust imposed on property of the local church. However, the adoption of the provision is now likely invalid.

At the conclusion of its meeting from August 7-9, the Commission on General Conference (COGC) released the results of its investigation into allegations of voting improprieties at the 2019 Special General Conference. That investigation determined that there was credible objective evidence that four ineligible persons cast votes using the credentials of delegates who were not present at the Special General Conference.

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