by Linda Bloom
March 22, 2021 | UM News
The United Methodist Church’s top court has clarified a 2019 ruling related to the administrative process for clergy and the right of a clergy person to fair and due process.
In Memorandum 1408, issued March 22, the Judicial Council added specific language to four paragraphs in the 2016 Book of Discipline — the denomination’s law book — to ensure that those directly involved in certain administrative matters would not vote on recommendations brought to the clergy session of annual conference.
The particular administrative matters affected are involuntary leave of absence, involuntary retirement, administrative location and discontinuance from provisional membership.
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