Members of the 2019 Central Texas Annual Conference requested that Bishop Lowry rule on the legality of the “What’s Next” Resolution and the adoption of the “Transparency of Usage of Funds Used for Clergy Trials” Resolution. Requests on rulings of law are automatically sent to the Judicial Council for review.
In affirming Bishop Lowry’s ruling on the “What’s Next” Resolution (Decision No. 1396
), the Judicial Council stated, “The Judicial Council affirms the bishop’s decision of law that the Resolution “What’s Next in the Central Texas Annual Conference 2019” as amended and voted upon was legally before the delegates of the Central Texas Annual Conference. As presented and amended, the Resolution is consistent and acceptable within the parameters of the Doctrine and Discipline of United Methodist Church as stated in The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, 2016.” To read the complete Judicial Council Decision 1396, go to umc.org/decisions/81145.
In its decision on Bishop Lowry’s ruling on the “Transparency of Funds for Clergy Trial” resolution (Decision No. 1395), the court simply wrote, “The Decision of Law of Bishop J. Michael Lowry is affirmed.
” You may read Judicial Council Decision 1395 in its entirety at umc.org/decisions/81144