Judicial Council rules on constitutionality of Way Forward plans


During each of our Way Forward district meetings we noted that the Judicial Council had been asked to rule on the constitutionality of each of the three plans submitted by the Commission on a Way Forward. The Judicial Council met this week, and they have just released their declaratory decision. In their findings, the Judicial Council pointed out the constitutional problems with both the One Church Plan and the Traditional Plan. Because the Connectional Conference plan already contains proposed constitutional changes required for implementation, the court declined to review the Connectional Conference plan at this time.

This weekend, I will be reading and studying in depth what the Judicial Council has ruled. I encourage you to join me in this process of reading and reflecting. It is very helpful for the Judicial Council to let us all know what parts of each plan are found to have constitutional issues. With nearly four months to go before the special session of General Council, the ruling of the Judicial Council will enable delegates to focus on specific concerns within each of the plans.

I will be sharing more after I have time to study what has been released today and speak with Warren Plowden, our conference chancellor who also serves as the first lay alternate to the Judicial Council, when he returns from Switzerland.

My prayers continue as we navigate the days ahead.

Alive Together in Christ,

Lawson Bryan

Read the full digest of the Judicial Council's declaratory decision.

Read an article from United Methodist News Services about the decision.

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