The president of the Council of bishops meets the decision of the Judicial Council

30 avril 2017 Par eastcongoumc

The United Methodist bishops Council

FOR IMMEDIATE release on 28 April 2017 Washington, DC: in the wake of the Council of Justice, the decision that the consecration of a gay bishop violates the right of the Church, the president of the Council of bishops, Bishop Bruce R. Ough urged all evangelical Methodists to respect the decision and to pray for the unity of the Church. Although the Judicial Council ruled that "a self-reported homosexual clergy may be legally dedicated to a bishop", the Council stated that 'self-assessment does not nullify the consecration and results in the revocation. The higher court of the denomination has decreed that Bishop the constitutional right to a fair and equitable procedure must be protected, and until the completion of the administrative process and / or judicial, the Bishop remains in good standing. The decision was taken in response to a request from the Central South Court for a declaratory decision regarding the appointment, election, consecration and / or the assignment as a Bishop of a person who claims to be a "homosexual practicing free abortion" or who is in a same-sex marriage. Bishop Ough acknowledged there will be reactions mixed to the tribunal's finding, but he stressed that the Council continues to be determined to keep the Church United for the sake of our mission. "We recognize that the decision does not relieve the disagreements, impatience and anxiety that permeates the Methodist Church on human sexuality, and especially this case", said Bishop Ough. "Our sympathy and our prayers of intercession extend to all those who are injured, relieved, confused or fearful. "The Council of bishops remains committed to the unity of the Church and the fulfillment of its mission", he said. "We are confident about the work that the Commission has made progress and we believe that the Holy Spirit working through the Commission and the Council to accomplish God's purpose". The request of the judicial Conference of the South Central (SCJ) relative to a decision on the questions surrounding the legality of the election of the year last by the Western jurisdiction of the Bishop Karen Oliveto, who is a partner in a gay marriage. The Judiciary Committee passed a motion of the lay delegate Dixie Brewster of the annual Conference of the Great Plains to request a ruling at their meeting of July 2016. He also expressed his confidence in the process that has already begun: lead the Church on the way that the General Conference has exposed to the work of the Commission on a way forward. "I am encouraged by the relationships that develop within the Commission. Distinct and diverse opinions of its members reflect the richness and the vitality of the Methodist Church United. The Commission is committed in its task. I believe their work will give fruits at the special session of the General Conference in February 2019,"said Ough. As the highest judicial body of the United Methodist Church, the nine member Board determines if the acts of the official bodies of the denomination conform to the law of the Church. Traditionally, the Judicial Council talks about his decisions and these decisions are final and cannot be appealed. Bishop Ough welcomed the review thorough and deliberate of the Council of the judiciary on the question and the participation thoughtful and attentive to all parties to the case. "The Judicial Council has a distinct role and critical in the governance structure of the denomination," said Ough. "We recognize and respect the Judicial Council as the body responsible for deciding complex issues of the law of the Church, including the right to declare its competence. We implore all in the structure and the Methodist family United to honor the decision of the Judicial Council "." Bishop Ough said he remains optimistic about the future of the denomination despite the existing divisions. "Almost every day, I hear a new inspiring story of how the United Methodist Church people work in the world, enriching the lives of people," said Bishop Ough. "It's what we are talking about. It's our call. It is the work we are doing together, whatever our differences. Could we continue to do it for the greater glory of God. Read the full statement. # Media contact: Diane Degnan ddegnan@umcom.org Director of public relations 615.483.1765 (cell) Reverend Maidstone Mulenga mmulenga@umc-cob.org Director of communications – the Bishops Council 202-748-5172 (office) or 585-455-5683 (cell)