Judicial Council to meet Oct. 26-29
The United Methodist Judicial Council, the denomination’s equivalent of a supreme court, will consider 11 cases during its Oct. 26-29 fall meeting at the Doubletree Hotel San Diego Downtown. An oral hearing on docket item 1011-2 — regarding a decision of law by Dallas Area Bishop Earl Bledsoe related to the structure of the North Texas Annual (regional) Conference — will begin at 10 a.m. Oct. 27.
Three docket items ask the denomination’s top court to review decisions of law regarding the legality of annual conference sessions of the Middle Philippines, Palawan Philippines and Cavite Philippines conferences. The Northern Illinois Annual Conference is requesting a declaratory decision “regarding a resolution that suggests a maximum penalty for any clergy member convicted of officiating at a civil union.”