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Decision No. 1212
October 26 2012
In Re: Request from the General Conference for a Declaratory Decision as to the Constitutionality of Legislation Approved as Calendar Item 20 Regarding the Balance Between Clergy and Lay membership of Annual Conference
Digest of Case
Legislation approved as Calendar Item 20 of the 2012 General Conference as amended regarding the balance between clergy and lay membership of annual conference is unconstitutional.
Statement of Facts
Calendar Item 20 referring to Petition Number 20783 was adopted by the 2012 General Conference. The petition addressed ¶ 602 of the 2008 Discipline dealing with the equalization between clergy and lay members at annual conference. It added the sentence "Clergy who voluntarily indicate that they are unable to attend annual conference because of incapacity or advanced age shall not be counted in arriving at the balance between clergy and lay."
The legislation approved as Calendar Item 20 as amended of the 2012 General Conference regarding the balance between clergy and lay membership of annual conference is unconstitutional. Beth Capen was absent. Sandra Lutz, first lay alternate, participated in this decision.