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UMC Top Court Rules Disaffiliating Clergy Don’t Automatically Lose Credentials

Where it is stated, Decision 1480 reads in part, “It will be unlawful for an annual conference to ratify a local church disaffiliation for any reason other than those specified.”

Those decisions come as the Judicial Council continues to move through its fall docket.

In recent months, the Judicial Council has also ruled that the General Conference meeting scheduled for 2024 should be considered the postponed 2020 General Conference.

That means delegates elected to serve at 2020’s meeting of the denomination’s decision-making body will serve at the meeting scheduled for 2024. The 2020 meeting was postponed three times for reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The court also ruled — again — that an annual conference in the United States cannot unilaterally leave the United Methodist Church. Congregations must decide individually if they wish to disaffiliate from the denomination.

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This article originally appeared on ReligionNews.com.