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

1021-08

33

Ruling by Bishop David W. Graves

 

Whether deed to disaffiliating church and related process was constitutional

Decision   reversed in part and modified in part on 2/9/22

JC Decision 1421

No

No

Alaska

2/22/20

3/16/20

0420-16

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

Ruling by Bishop Elaine J. W. Stanovsky

 

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

JC Decision 1410

 

No

No

Arkansas (1)

6/3/21

6/30/21

1021-13

507 & Decisions 1401 & 1409 

Ruling by Bishop Gary E. Mueller

 

Whether petition to General Conference can be considered timely

Pending

No

No

Arkansas (2)

6/4/21

6/30/21

1021-14

604 & 2553 and Decisions 886, 1379

Ruling by Bishop Gary E. Mueller

 

Whether annual conference disaffiliation requirements are in violation of Paragraph 2553

Decision affirmed on 2/9/22

JC Decision 1424

No

No

Baltimore-Washington

5/29/19 – 6/1/19

6/29/19

1019-10

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

Ruling by Bishop LaTrelle Miller Easterling

 

Requirements for approval of candidate at clergy session

Affirmed by Decision 1391 on 11/1/19

JC Decision 1391

 

No

No

California Pacific (1)

6/15/19

7/11/19

1019-17

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

Ruling by Bishop Grant J. Hagiya

 

Whether resolution violates principle of legality

Affirmed by Decision 1398 on 11/1/19

JC Decision 1398

 

No

No

California pacific (2)

?

6/19/20

1021-17

246.10, 419.10, 2718.1, 2718.2

Ruling by Bishop Grant J. Hagiya

 

Who can vote on matters related to each charge during joint charge conference

Pending

?

?

Central Texas (1)

6/12/19

7/9/19

1019-14

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

Ruling by Bishop J. Michael Lowry

 

Whether annual conference resolution was aspirational or violative of the Discipline

Affirmed by Decision 1395 on 11/1/19

JC Decision 1395

 

No

No

Central Texas (2)

6/12/19

7/9/19

1019-15

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

Ruling by Bishop J. Michael Lowry

 

Whether annual conference resolution was aspirational or violative of the Discipline

Affirmed by Decision 1396 on 11/1/19

JC Decision 1396

 

No

No

Desert Southwest

6/14/19

7/9/19

1019-13

362.1e(1), 413.3d(i)

Petition for Declaratory Decision

 

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

JC Memorandum 1394

 

No

No

Dakotas

6/11/21

Not Provided

1021-19

161G

Ruling by Bishop Laurie Haller

 

Whether annual conference resolution is aspirational or violates Discipline

Pending

No

No

Eastern Pennsylvania (1)

Not Provided

6/26/19

1019-5

Decisions 1044, 1052, 1111

Ruling by Bishop Peggy A. Johnson and Appeal text

 

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

JC Memorandum 1387

 

No

No

Eastern Pennsylvania (2)

5/20/21

6/15/21

1021-07

Decisions 22, 799, 1393, 1409

Ruling by Bishop Peggy A. Johnson

 

Whether JC Decision 1409 renders the required payment of general church apportionments to be voluntary

Pending

?

?

Greater NJ (1)

10/26/19

11/22/19

0420-9

Numerous

Ruling by Bishop John R. Schol

 

Whether annual conference resolution is aspirational or violative of the Discipline

Affirmed by Decision 1416 on 5/5/21

JC Decision 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

Ruling by Bishop John R. Schol

 

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

Affirmed by Decision 1417 on 5/5/21

JC Decision 1417

 

No

No

Greater NJ (3)

10/26/19

11/22/19

0420-11

425-430, 2609.6

Ruling by Bishop John R. Schol

 

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

Affirmed by Decision 1413 on 5/5/21

JC Decision 1413

 

No

No

Greater NJ (4)

10/26/19

11/22/19

0420-12

604, 2609.6

Ruling by Bishop John R. Schol

 

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

Affirmed by Decision 1414 on 5/5/21

JC Decision 1414

 

No

No

Greater NJ (5)

10/26/19

11/22/19

0420-13

2609.6

Ruling by Bishop John R. Schol

 

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

Affirmed by Decision 1415 on 5/5/21

JC Decision 1415

 

No

No

Greater NJ (6)

1/22/21

2/18/21

1021-05

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

Ruling by Bishop John R. Schol

 

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

Pending

No

No

Indiana (1)

10/10/20

11/9/20

1021-03

329.2, 334.1, 604.1

Ruling by Bishop Julius C. Trimble

 

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

1021-04

32, 36, 249, 602.4

Ruling by Bishop Julius C. Trimble

 

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

Ruling by Bishop Laurie Haller

 

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

JC Memorandum 1388

 

No

No

Michigan (1)

6/1/19

7/23/19

0420-2

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

866, 1052, 1120, 1340

Ruling by Bishop David Alan Bard

 

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

JC Decision 1406

 

No

No

Michigan (2)

5/30/19

7/23/19

0420-1

403.1e, 403.1f & Decision 1344

Ruling by Bishop David Alan Bard

 

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

JC Decision 1404

 

No

No

Michigan (3)

6/5/21

7/4/21

1021-15

161G

Ruling by Bishop David Alan Bard

 

Whether annual conference resolution is aspirational or violative of the Discipline

Pending

No

No

Mississippi

6/7/19

6/28/19

0420-5

36

Ruling by Bishop James E. Swanson

 

Eligibility of delegates

Reversed by Decision 1405 on 4/16/21

JC Decision 1405

 

No

No

Mountain Sky

6/13/15

7/11/19

1019-18

4, 104, 243 &  Decisions 358, 1020

Ruling by Bishop Karen Oliveto

 

Whether annual conference resolution is aspirational or violative of the Discipline

Affirmed by Decision 1399 on 11/1/19

JC Decision 1399

 

No

No

New England (1)

6/13/19

6/29/19

1021-2

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

Ruling by Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar

 

Whether annual conference additional steps for disaffiliation are valid

Decision affirmed on 2/9/22

JC Decision 1425

 

No

No

New England (2)

6/11/21

Not Provided

1021-12

Decisions 98, 1130, 1131, 1252, 1295

Ruling by Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar

 

Whether it is permissible for a clergy member of the Annual Conference to move the Motion for Disaffiliation of a local congregation? Whether it is permissible for speeches to be made (via video) by persons who are not members of the Conference, where the body has not voted to admit them with voice to the meeting?

Decision affirmed on 2/9/22

JC Decision 1423

?

?

North Carolina

6/17/21

7/19/21

1021-20

603.3, 604.1, 605

Ruling by Bishop Hope Morgan Ward

 

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 (1)

6/4/21

6/30/21

1021-10

 

Ruling by Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson

 

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

Decision affirmed on 2/9/22

JC Decision 1422

Yes

No

North Georgia (2)

6/4/21

6/30/21

1021-11

2553, Decision 1379

Ruling by Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson

 

Whether annual conference has authority to amend a disaffiliation agreement presented to it for approval

Decision affirmed on 2/9/22

JC Decision 1420

No

No

North Texas (1)

6/2/19

7/2/19

1019-11

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

Ruling by Bishop Michael McKee

 

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

Affirmed by Decision 1392 on 11/1/19

JC Decision 1392

 

No

No

North Texas (2)

6/15/21

7/14/21

1021-18

Decisions 98, 1130, 1131, 1225, 1245,

Memoranda 979 and 1295

Ruling by Bishop Michael McKee

 

 

 

 

 

RIO TEXAS

6/11/21

Not Provided

1021-16

625

Ruling by Bishop Robert Schnase

 

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

Ruling by Bishop William T. McAlilly

 

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

Affirmed by Decision 1393 on 11/1/19

JC Decision 1393

 

No

No

Upper New York (1)

6/7/19

6/24/19

1021-01

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

Deferred to the next interim session

 

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

Ruling by Bishop Mark Webb

 

Whether annual conference resolution is aspirational or violative of the Discipline

Affirmed by Decision 1389 on 11/1/19

JC Decision 1389

 

No

No

West Virginia

6/5/21

6/30/21

1021-09

32, 602, 604.1

Ruling by Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball

 

Rule for equalization of lay and clergy delegates

Pending

No

No

 

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