Large crowds gathered on Sunday, March 3 to hear an hour-long report from General Conference delegates about the special called session.
After welcoming attendees, delegates began by explaining how local churches in the NC Conference fit into the global connection and the process of submitting petitions and electing delegates to General Conference.
Since Bishop Ward could not attend each gathering, she shared a video (see below) encouraging attendees to “pray especially for those who are hurt or harmed in this time – for our LGBTQI friends, family members, neighbors, and faithful United Methodists.”
After the video, the delegates explained what happened at General Conference 2019 and what passed. They shared that the Judicial Council was asked to rule on the constitutionality of the Traditional Plan and that the Council would be meeting in April.
At the end of the gathering, space was available for attendees to ask questions. A few questions you may have since GC2019 are compiled
Frequently Asked Questions After GC2019
What legislation passed at GC2019?
To view the petitions passed at GC2019, visit the Legislation Tracker on umc.org. Another recap of GC2019 is the “What happened and what didn’t at General Conference 2019” article on umc.org.
When will this new legislation take effect?
If petitions passed at GC2019 are found constitutional by the Judicial Council, they will take effect January 1, 2020. If the disaffiliation petition is found constitutional, it is effective immediately.
What is the Judicial Council? When will the Judicial Council meet next?
The Judicial Council is the highest judicial body or “court” of The United Methodist Church. Its nine members are elected by the General Conference. The Judicial Council determines the constitutionality of acts or proposed acts of the General, Jurisdictional, Central, and Annual Conferences. It acts on these either on
The next meeting is scheduled for April 23-25, 2019 in Evanston, Illinois.
What happens if the Judicial Council rules the new provisions unconstitutional?
A brief was filed that asked the Judicial Council to rule on the Traditional Plan as a whole instead of individual petitions. Depending on how they decide to rule on the petitions, unconstitutional provisions will not enter the Book of Discipline.
Could everything that was decided on at the special session of General Conference be changed at the regular session of General Conference in 2020?
Anyone is able to submit a petition for consideration at General Conference. General Conference can then act on those petitions if they choose to do so.