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Newly elected Bishop Karen Oliveto, a married lesbian who has become the first openly gay bishop of The United Methodist Church, stands with Big Sky Area Bishop Elaine Stanovsky, left, and Los Angeles Area Bishop Minerva Carcaño. Photo by Charmaine Robledo, Mountain Sky Episcopal Area.

Top court will take up Oliveto election in spring

Judicial Council will review a petition on the election of first gay bishop for The United Methodist Church when it meets in April 2017. Read More

Bishop Bruce R. Ough reads a Council of Bishops statement about sexuality and the church at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference. File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS

Bishops approve plan for sexuality panel

The bishops’ executive committee also acknowledged the church’s fast-changing landscape as it plans the Commission on a Way Forward. Read More

Court rules on question of authority

General Conference 2016 had requested a review of constitutional paragraphs and past Judicial Council decisions for potential conflict. Read More

Church ‘growth committee’ fails constitution test

General Conference responsibilities cannot be delegated, the United Methodist Judicial Council rules. Read More

Top court rules on Congo inquiry

Once a central conference meets for first time, the college of bishops cannot change its regular meeting dates or places. Read More

Cynthia Kent, chairperson of the Native American International Caucus, speaks on a petition that asks The United Methodist Church raise awareness of the harm caused by some sports teams by mascots and/or symbols promoting expressions of racism and disrespect of Native American people. She spoke during the May 19 plenary session of the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Maile Bradfield, UMNS.

GC2016: Oppose mascots that demean Native Americans

But resolution does not call on United Methodist agencies to move meetings as protest. Read More

Members of the United Methodist Judicial Council for 2016-2020 met briefly during General Conference 2016. From left are the Rev. Dennis L. Blackwell, Beth Capen, the Rev. J. Kabamba Kiboko, N. Oswald Tweh Sr., Ruben Reyes, the Rev. Øyvind Helliesen, and the Rev. Luan-Vu Tran of Lakewood, Calif. Not pictured are Deanell Reese Tacha and Lídia Romão Gulele. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Liberian is new Judicial Council president

Top court for 2016-20 will take office at the conclusion of General Conference 2016. Read More

Mountain Sky Episcopal Area Bishop Elaine J.W. Stanovsky presides over the Judicial Council elections at General Conference 2016 in Portland, Ore. Photo by Maile Bradfield, UMNS.

Five elected to Judicial Council

General Conference body chooses three lay and two clergy for new terms on The United Methodist Church’s nine-member top court. Read More

Members of the Virginia delegation discuss possible next steps after the United Methodist Judicial Council ruled the proposed

GC2016 items on top court’s agenda

The United Methodist Judicial Council will consider two requests for decisions related to General Conference when it meets just prior to that legislative gathering. Read More

The Rev. Dawn Taylor-Storm, a delegate from the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, argues for retaining guaranteed appointment for  at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Florida. The issue will be revived at the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Oregon. A UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey.

Guaranteed appointment debate to resume at GC2016

United Methodist lay leaders plan to renew effort to end job tenure for ordained elders in good standing. Read More

Christine Dodson, delegate from North Carolina, addresses church restructuring during the May 2 morning plenary at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. A 2012 file photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Court defers review of ‘Plan UMC Revised’

Judicial Council will not consider constitutionality of proposed plan to restructure denominational agencies until its spring 2016 meeting. Read More

Members of the Virginia delegation huddle to discuss possible next steps after the United Methodist Judicial Council ruled the proposed

Top court reviews agency structure plan

Among other items, The United Methodist Church’s top court will review the constitutionality of a revised plan to restructure denominational agencies. Read More

The Rev. Stephen Heiss says the dismissal of the complaint against him comes without any demands. Photo courtesy of Reconciling Ministries Network

Complaint ends against Upper New York pastor

The Rev. Stephen Heiss faced a complaint for officiating at same-sex weddings. Read More

Members of the United Methodist Judicial Council pose for a group photograph during their Oct. 22, 2014 meeting in Memphis, Tenn. The men, from left, are: Ruben T. Reyes, the Rev. Dennis Blackwell, the Rev. Belton Joyner, N. Oswald Tweh Sr. and the Rev. William B. Lawrence. The women, from left, are: Sandra Lutz, the Rev. Kathi Austin Mahle and Beth Capen. Not pictured is the Rev. J. Kabamba Kiboko. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Top court: Deleting investigative group ‘unconstitutional’

United Methodist Judicial Council decisions from spring meeting also include full restoration of African bishop’s salary. Read More

Members of the Virginia delegation huddle to discuss possible next steps after the United Methodist Judicial Council ruled the proposed

Early warning proposed for General Conference legislation

A proposed advisory panel aims to give delegates a heads up if a petition might violate the denomination’s constitution. Read More

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