CHARGE CONFERENCE RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CHURCH TRUSTEES TO VOTE ON BEHALF OF THE CHURCH IN THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA BANKRUPTCY AND TAKE OTHER ACTIONS NEEDED
The Boy Scouts of America (the “BSA”) has filed for bankruptcy in a case styled In re Boy Scouts of America and Delaware BSA, LLC, Case No. 20-10343, pending in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. BSA filed their bankruptcy case to address the significant liability it faces from sexual abuse claims asserted (or to be asserted in the future) by Scouts and former Scouts.
The Church currently serves or has served as a BSA Chartered Organization. To protect the rights of the Church, the Church may have previously filed a Proof of Claim in the matter. It has come to the attention of the Charge Conference that votes may soon be necessary with respect to settlement matters related to the BSA proceedings, and that time will be of the essence with respect to the making of such votes.
Pursuant to Paragraph 2529 of The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church, 2016, the Charge Conference is vested with power and authority in connection with all real and personal property of the Church.
The charge conference of this church understands that the church trustees may have to take certain actions related to the Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy. Under the authority granted in ¶2529.4, the Charge Conference of the Church hereby directs the Board of Trustees to do the following:
- Make decisions on behalf of the Church related to BSA bankruptcy proceedings;
- Vote on behalf of the Church in the bankruptcy proceedings; and
- Perform any and all such acts, including the execution of any and all documents as are necessary or advisable to carry out the purposes and intent of this Resolution.