Bishops Decision of Law Index

 

 

 

Annual Conference

Date of Annual Conference Session

Date of Submission of Decision of Law to Judicial Council

Judicial Council Docket Number

Discipline Paragraphs & Judicial Council Decisions Addressed in Decision of Law

Link to Decision of law

Primary Issue in Decision of Law

Status of Review by Judicial Council

Are Non-Members of the Annual Conference Listed as Interested Parties?

Have amicus briefs been filed?

Alabama-West Florida

6/8/21

6/23/21

Not Yet Docketed

33

 

Whether deed to disaffiliating church and related process was constitutional

Pending

No

No

Alaska

2/22/20

3/16/20

0420-16

51, 396.6, 507.5, 507.6, 603.5, 2609.6 & Decision 33

 

Whether a petition to general conference is timely

Declared correct at the time decision made but now moot by Decision 1410 on 4/16/21

 

No

No

arkansas (1)

6/3/21

6/30/21

Not Yet Docketed

507 & Decisions 1401 & 1409 

 

Whether petition to General Conference can be considered timely

Pending

No

No

arkansas (2)

6/4/21

6/30/21

Not Yet Docketed

604 & 2553 and Decisions 886, 1379

 

Whether annual conference disaffiliation requirements are in violation of Paragraph 2553

Pending

No

No

Baltimore-Washington

5/29/19 – 6/1/19

6/29/19

1019-10

33, 324, 325, 330, 335 & Decisions 1341, 1368

 

Requirements for approval of candidate at clergy session

Affirmed by Decision 1391 on 11/1/19

http://ee.umc.org/decisions/search-results?search:decision_number==1391

 

No

No

California Pacific

6/15/19

7/11/19

1019-17

20, 50, 51, 362, 363, 2609.6, 2610.2j, 2701-2718 & Decisions 1341

 

Whether resolution violates principle of legality

Affirmed by Decision 1398 on 11/1/19

http://ee.umc.org/decisions/search-results?search:decision_number==1398

 

No

No

Central Texas (1)

6/12/19

7/9/19

1019-14

51, 56.3, 2609.6 & Decisions 1044, 1283, 1340, 1357

 

Whether annual conference resolution was aspirational or violative of the Discipline

Affirmed by Decision 1395 on 11/1/19

http://ee.umc.org/decisions/search-results?search:decision_number==1395

 

No

No

Central Texas (2)

6/12/19

7/9/19

1019-15

51, 56.3, 2609.6 & Decisions 1044, 1283, 1340, 1357

 

Whether annual conference resolution was aspirational or violative of the Discipline

Affirmed by Decision 1396 on 11/1/19

http://ee.umc.org/decisions/search-results?search:decision_number==1396

 

No

No

Desert Southwest

6/14/19

7/9/19

1019-13

362.1e(1), 413.3d(i)

 

Whether cited paragraph violate the separation of powers and paragraph 49 and 51

Judicial Council declined jurisdiction in Memorandum 1394 because question was not germane to work of the annual conference

http://ee.umc.org/decisions/search-results?search:decision_number==1394

 

No

No

Dakotas

6/11/21

Not Provided

 

161G

 

Whether annual conference resolution is aspirational or violates Discipline

Pending

No

No

East Ohio

None

None

None

None

 

None

None

 

 

Eastern Pennsylvania

Not Provided

6/26/19

1019-5

Decisions 1044, 1052, 1111

 

Whether annual conference resolution is aspirational or violative of the Discipline

Judicial Council declined jurisdiction in Memorandum 1387 because there was no formal request for a decision of law

http://ee.umc.org/decisions/search-results?search:decision_number==1387

 

No

No

Germany

None

None

None

None

 

None

None

 

 

Great plains

None

None

None

None

 

None

None

 

 

Greater NJ (1)

10/26/19

11/22/19

0420-9

Numerous

 

Whether annual conference resolution is aspirational or violative of the Discipline

Affirmed by Decision 1416 on 5/5/21

http://ee.umc.org/decisions/search-results?search:decision_number==1416

 

No

No

Greater NJ (2)

10/26/19

11/22/19

0420-10

33, 304.3, 425-430, 604.3, 613.19, 2702, 2609.6 & Decisions 866, 1044, 1052, 1111, 1120, 1262, 1292, 1340

 

Whether annual conference can adopt legislation regarding option of local churches for governance, etc.

Affirmed by Decision 1417 on 5/5/21

http://ee.umc.org/decisions/search-results?search:decision_number==1417

 

No

No

Greater NJ (3)

10/26/19

11/22/19

0420-11

425-430, 2609.6

 

Whether annual conference can make a decision for local churches that negates or violates the Discipline

Affirmed by Decision 1413 on 5/5/21

http://ee.umc.org/decisions/search-results?search:decision_number==1413

 

No

No

Greater NJ (4)

10/26/19

11/22/19

0420-12

604, 2609.6

 

Whether provisions of GNJ Way Forward Report can be implemented without vote of delegate

Affirmed by Decision 1414 on 5/5/21

http://ee.umc.org/decisions/search-results?search:decision_number==1414

 

No

No

Greater NJ (5)

10/26/19

11/22/19

0420-13

2609.6

 

Whether action of bishop regarding not moving forward with complaints violates the Discipline, etc.

Affirmed by Decision 1415 on 5/5/21

http://ee.umc.org/decisions/search-results?search:decision_number==1415

 

No

No

Greater NJ (6)

1/22/21

2/18/21

Not Yet Docketed

603.5, 605.4, 612.5b, 613.1, 2610 & Decision 1311

 

Whether bishop or board have authority to bring recommendation to the annual conference between sessions without legislative action by annual conference

Pending

No

No

Holston

None

None

 

None

 

None

None

 

 

Indiana (1)

10/10/20

11/9/20

Not Yet Docketed

329.2, 334.1, 604.1

 

Whether rule denying clergy the right to vote in district conference to endorse laity as GC delegates violates the Discipline

Pending

No

No

Indiana (2)

10/10/20

11/9/20

Not Yet Docketed

32, 36, 249, 602.4

 

Technical question raised by John Lomperis regarding whether rule allowing clergy to vote on “all matters at district conferences” violates the Discipline

Pending

No

No

Iowa

6/11/19

7/26/19

1019-6

613.19 & Decisions 1292, 1340

 

Whether annual conference resolution is aspirational or violative of the Discipline

Judicial Council declined jurisdiction in Memorandum 1388 because was not viewed as a decision of law

http://ee.umc.org/decisions/search-results?search:decision_number==1388

 

No

No

lOUISIANA

None

None

None

None

 

None

None

 

 

Michigan (1)

6/1/19

7/23/19

0420-2

103, 105, 304,3m 310.2d, 2702,  & Decisions

866, 1052, 1120, 1340

 

Whether annual conference resolution is aspirational or violative of the Discipline

Affirmed in part and reversed in part by Decision 1406 on 4/16/21

http://ee.umc.org/decisions/search-results?search:decision_number==1406

 

No

No

Michigan (2)

5/30/19

7/23/19

0420-1

403.1e, 403.1f & Decision 1344

 

Whether annual conference resolution is aspirational or violative of the Discipline

Affirmed in part and reversed in part by Decision 1404 on 4/16/21

http://ee.umc.org/decisions/search-results?search:decision_number==1404

 

No

No

Michigan (3)

6/5/21

7/4/21

Not Yet Docketed

161G

 

Whether annual conference resolution is aspirational or violative of the Discipline

Pending

No

No

Minnesota

None

None

None

None

 

None

 

 

 

Mississippi

6/7/19

6/28/19

0420-5

36

 

Eligibility of delegates

Reversed by Decision 1405 on 4/16/21

http://ee.umc.org/decisions/search-results?search:decision_number==1405

 

No

No

Mountain Sky

6/13/15

7/11/19

1019-18

4, 104, 243 &  Decisions 358, 1020

 

Whether annual conference resolution is aspirational or violative of the Discipline

Affirmed by Decision 1399 on 11/1/19

http://ee.umc.org/decisions/search-results?search:decision_number==1399

 

No

No

New England

6/13/19

6/29/19

1019-9 (stay granted per Memorandum 1382), 0420-7 (deferred to obtain needed information), 1021-2

16, 31, 33, 2553 & Decisions 823, 1379

 

Whether annual conference additional steps for disaffiliation are valid

Deferred to Fall 2021 Docket by Memorandum 1412

http://ee.umc.org/decisions/search-results?search:decision_number==1412

 

No

No

Northern Illinois

None

None

None

None

 

None

None

 

 

North Alabama

None

None

None

None

 

None

None

 

 

North Carolina

6/17/21

7/19/21

Not Yet Docketed

603.3, 604.1, 605

 

Can annual conference take an electronic ballot to change rules of order and allow virtual meeting before convening of session?

Pending

No

No

NORTH GEORGIA

6/4/21

6/30/21

Not Yet Docketed

 

 

Whether an annual conference resolution asking for the Discipline language around homosexuality to be changed permits a traditional congregation to use the disaffiliation procedure of Paragraph 2553

Pending

No

No

North Texas

6/2/19

7/2/19

1019-11

56.3, 2609.6 & Decisions 886, 913, 1021, 1044, 1283, 1292, 1297, 1340

 

Whether annual conference resolution regarding same-gender issues is in order

Affirmed by Decision 1392 on 11/1/19

http://ee.umc.org/decisions/search-results?search:decision_number==1392

 

No

No

Oklahoma

None

None

None

None

 

None

None

 

 

RIO TEXAS

6/11/21

Not Provided

Not Yet Docketed

625

 

Whether the Rio Texas Equitable Compensation Commission is obligated by Discipline to include its recommended policy as a “for conference action” item to the Rio Texas Conference on an annual basis

Pending

No

No

Tennessee

6/14/19

7/8/19

1019-12

51, 2553 & Decisions 33, 799, 1329, 1372

 

Whether annual conference resolution regarding same-gender issues is in order

Affirmed by Decision 1393 on 11/1/19

http://ee.umc.org/decisions/search-results?search:decision_number==1393

 

No

No

TEXAS

None

None

None

None

 

None

None

 

 

Upper New York (1)

6/7/19

6/24/19

1019-7 (Deferred to Spring 2020 per Memorandum 1381); 0420-06; Deferred to Spring 2021 by Memorandum 1411

2609.3, 2702.1b & Decisions 96, 1111, 1120, 1262, 1292

 

Whether annual conference resolution is aspirational or violative of the Discipline

Pending

No

No

Upper New York (2)

6/7/19

6/24/19

1019-8

16, 20, 51, 56.3, 2609.6, 2708, 2710, 2716,  & Decisions 96, 736, 1111, 1120, 1262, 1292

 

Whether annual conference resolution is aspirational or violative of the Discipline

Affirmed by Decision 1389 on 11/1/19

http://ee.umc.org/decisions/search-results?search:decision_number==1389

 

No

No

Virginia

None

None

None

None

 

None

None

 

 

Western North Carolina

None

None

None

None

 

None

None

 

 

Western Pennsylvania

None

None

None

None

 

None

None

 

 

West Virginia

6/5/21

6/30/21

Not Yet Docketed

32, 602, 604.1

 

Rule for equalization of lay and clergy delegates

Pending

No

No