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Council of Bishops Announces Constitutional Amendments Voting Results

Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church
Bishop Neil Irons, Executive Secretary
100 Maryland Ave. NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 547-6270

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 4, 2010 (Rev. May 5, 2010)

Columbus, Ohio. -The United Methodist Council of Bishops announced today that onlyfive* of 32 amendments to the church's constitution passed by the 2008 General Conference have been ratified by the annual conferences. The ratified amendments will become effective immediately.

The process for amending the Constitution of The United Methodist Church requires a two-thirds majority vote of General Conference delegates. Annual conferences must then ratify the amendments by a two-thirds affirmative vote. The results of the voting are reported to the Council on Bishops, where they are verified and counted. The results are then reviewed and certified by the Council of Bishops.

Anyone with a question about the amendments may contact InfoServ, the denomination's official information service, at infoserv@umcom.org. Visit UMC.org to see the amendments in full.

The vote counts for each of the amendments were as follows:

Amendment VIII, adds "gender" to the list of categories ensuring the rights of membership regardless of race or status: passed 41,434 yes; 7,712 no

  • Amendment IX, which ensures every jurisdictional conference have at least 100 delegates: passed 39,333 yes; 9,122 no
  • Amendment XVII, which allows laity on the committee on investigation to vote on matters of ordination, character and conference relations of clergy: passed 33,810 yes; 14,712 no
  • Amendment XIX, which allows all clergy members of annual conference to vote to elect clergy delegates to general, jurisdictional or central conferences: passed 38,604 yes 10,432 no
  • Amendment XXII, which recognizes Bermuda congregations as part of the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference: passed 43,049 yes; 5,539 no

  • Failed

    *Bishop Gregory Palmer, council president, announced May 5 that Amendment II (2) did not pass. This press release corrects a May 4 announcement that it had passed.

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