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Decision No. 1089
April 23 2008
In Re: Request for Declaratory Decision from the Committee on Nominations of the 2004 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference with respect to the Meaning, Application and Effect of ¶¶ 27.5, 705, 706 and 805 of the 2004 Book of Discipline to the Actions of the Secretary of General Conference Regarding Central Conference Representation and Proportional Jurisdictional Representation, the Concordat Agreement between The United Methodist Church and the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico, and in the Allocation of Membership of the General Boards and Agencies of The United Methodist Church.
Digest of Case
The secretary of the General Conference did not have the authority to declare ¶ 705.3(a-g) of the 2004 Book of Discipline superseded. The provisions for electing members to the general boards and agencies described in ¶¶ 705 and 706 of the 2004 Discipline are in conflict. The reconciliation of these two paragraphs must be accomplished by the 2008 General Conference for inclusion in the 2008 Book of Discipline.
Statement of Facts
The Committee on Nominations of the 2004 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference voted unanimously to request a declaratory decision regarding the secretary of General Conference’s use of ¶¶ 705.3 or 705.5 of the 2004 Discipline and similar paragraphs to make allocations for membership on General Conference boards. The substance of this petition revolves around three issues raised by the Committee on Nominations of the 2004 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference:
1. Did the Secretary [sic] of the General Conference correctly rule “due to actions of the 2004 General Conference regarding Central Conference representation and proportional jurisdictional representation (Calendar 1517) and the Concordat Agreement between the UMC and the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico (Calendar 15), that the text of ¶ 705.3 (a) through (g) [sic] was superseded”? 2. Did the Secretary [sic] of the General Conference correctly apply the Discipline when she allocated the members of the General Boards and Agencies to each annual conference? If the allocation was not appropriate, what, if any, are the determining provisions of the Discipline? If the Discipline is silent on the allocations to each annual conference, does the allocation revert to each Jurisdiction? 3. Did the Secretary [sic] of the General Conference correctly apply the Discipline when she allocated the number of members (regular members and/or at-large members) of the General Boards and Agencies to the Jurisdictions? If the allocations were not appropriate, what are the determining provisions of the Discipline?