FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 12, 2018
WASHINGTON – The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is asking the Judicial Council for declaratory decisions on the constitutionality of the petitions
submitted by the Commission on a Way Forward to the 2019 Special Session of
In an electronic vote on July 7, 2018, the bishops agreed to seek a ruling from the
highest court in the denomination on whether proposed legislations known as the One Church Plan, the Connectional Conference Plan, and the Traditional Plan are
“We are asking for this so that we can gain greater clarity about constitutional issues
within the three plans, and in service to and support of the delegations, who will do
extremely important work in a very limited amount of time,” said COB President Bishop Kenneth H. Carter.
The Special Session of the General Conference has been called for February 23-26,
2019 in St. Louis, Missouri, and the Fall meeting of the Judicial Council is set for
October 23-26, 2018.
Media Contact: Rev. Dr. Maidstone Mulenga
Director of Communications – Council of Bishops
The United Methodist Church