Judicial Council Rulings Concerning Disaffiliation
    UMC’s Judicial Council rules U.S. Annual Conferences can't exit unilaterally

    The Judicial Council, the UMC’s top court, ruled that current church law does not allow annual conferences in the U.S. to withdraw from the denomination. The ruling answers questions from the UMC’s bishops, who are dealing with the ramifications of a splintering denomination... Read story. Read press release: Council of Bishops welcomes decision.