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Publisher of The United Methodist Church and the Committee on Correlation and Editorial Revision shall be charged with edit- ing the Book of Discipline. “The Book Editor, the Secretary of the General Conference, the Pub- lisher of The United Methodist ence, See Judicial Council The Discipline of The United Methodist Church is the product of over years of the. BOOK OF DISCIPLINE. OF THE. UNITED METHODIST. CHURCH. The United United Methodist Church: To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the.
The portions of the Discipline that relate to the role of the Committee on Investigation for clergy members of the annual conference that existed in the Discipline are restored. This decision is prospective and takes effect on April 18, Statement of Facts At the North Georgia Annual Conference session on June 12, , the following motion was made by the Committee on Nominations during its presentation to the Annual Conference session. The minutes indicate that the motion passed by voice vote without opposition. At its October session, the Judicial Council deferred deliberation on this request until the Spring meeting.
Many petitions come to the General Conference from the annual conferences, stronger because they have previously received an affirmative vote. The delegates vote and if the petitions pass, they are forwarded to the General Conference. Methodist Doctrine on Science and Faith Does science challenge scripture? Should believers reject science — weighing, for example, evolution versus the creation story in the Bible? Must the faithful choose between faith and science.
Methodist doctrine has answered these questions unequivocally. To find the answer on evolution, for example, consult the official United Methodist web site at "umc. This first paragraph is The Natural World. It contains a subcategory, Science and Technology, from which the following text is taken. The petition sought unsuccessfully to delete the words in bold type. We affirm the validity of the claims of science in describing the natural world and in determining what is scientific.
We preclude science from making authoritative claims about theological issues and theology from making authoritative claims about scientific issues. We reexamine our ethical convictions as our understanding of the natural world increases.
In acknowledging the important roles of science and technology, however, we also believe that theological understandings of human experience are crucial to a full understanding of the place of humanity in the universe. Science and theology are complementary rather than mutually incompatible. Anyone who wanted to "flee from the wrath to come, and to be saved from their sins" was welcome to join a Methodist society and lead a disciplined Christian life.
Each person was required to follow three General Rules, which are still expected of United Methodists today: Do no harm; Do good; Attend to the ordinances of God. They include worship, prayer, Scripture study, Holy Communion, and fasting, among others.
In addition to these "acts of piety" or "means of grace," Wesley enjoined his Methodists to include acts of mercy; that is, those specific actions that worked for justice, advocacy, or other service that alleviated the situation of others see Matthew , for example.
Later, the societies were broken up into even smaller groups called classes and bands. In these smaller groups, members talked about their lives, confessed their sins, prayed for one another, encouraged one another to be more faithful Christians, and collected what money they could for the relief of the poor. John Wesley never intended for the societies to become a new church. He himself remained a priest in the Church of England until his death. The members of the societies, classes, and bands were encouraged to attend the services of the local Church of England and to receive Holy Communion there.
However, as the Methodist societies grew, they took on more and more of the feel of a separate church.
Although Wesley had originally intended that the Methodists should remain members of the Church of England, a new church seemed inevitable. How well are you "doing no harm"?
How well are you doing all the good that you can? The discipline of the Methodist communities included accountability, confession, fellowship, and works of mercy. What if you were to use those disciplines as the foundation of any and every group within the church in which you participate? If you are not already in an accountable discipleship group Emmaus 4th Day, Covenant Discipleship group, Companions in Christ group, for example seek out five or six others with whom you might form such a group.
Robert Strawbridge started what Francis Asbury described as "the first society inMaryland—and America. John Wesley sent missionaries to America in Asbury continued to preach in America, riding thousands of miles each year to organize new churches. By the Methodist movement in America had grown to 15, members.
In Wesley began to ordain lay preachers to spread the work of the Methodist movement in the United States. It was not an easy decision for John Wesley to make.
He knew that by ordaining ministers for the United States church he would be sanctioning a new church, no longer a part of the Church of England. At this conference the name Methodist Episcopal Church in America was adopted; Francis Asbury was elected as superintendent and joined Thomas Coke, the superintendent sent from England by John Wesley superintendents were later called bishops ; and the first Book of Discipline was adopted.
These circuits were modeled after the circuit system that John Wesley had devised; he traveled about five thousand miles a year on horseback, spreading his message of "scriptural holiness" throughout England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland.
Francis Asbury brought the circuit system to the United States where it was especially well-suited to the American frontier.
The Methodist preachers rode regularly on horseback to establish churches, to organize new congregations, and to preach at each place along the circuits. There is no doubt that the Methodist plan for circuit riders helped to establish the new Methodist Episcopal Church firmly in American soil.
Today the pioneer circuit rider in a circle that represents the world is a registered trademark associated with The United Methodist Publishing House. If you have come to The United Methodist Church by way of a different denomination or faith tradition, note what is distinctive about our Wesleyan heritage.
The website has a font of information. Click around the site for more stories about our heritage.
Look also at the many links to more specialized histories. If there is a place related to historic Methodism or one of the predecessor branches near you, make arrangements for a trip, such as to the Lovely Lane Museum, Strawbridge Home or Old Otterbein Church, all in or around Baltimore, MD. In , Philip William Otterbein, who had been born in in the German town of Dillenberg, set sail for America with five other young German Reformed ministers.
Otterbein had spent three years in Ockersdorf, where he had gained a reputation for vigorous, direct preaching, especially stressing regeneration experiencing a new life in Christ. Several years later, in , Martin Boehm was chosen by lot to be a minister in his American Mennonite congregation.
In , he was advanced to the office of bishop. The meeting of Otterbein and Boehm in proved to be a decisive factor in the formation of the United Brethren in Christ Church. Otterbein and Boehm became the first bishops of the United Brethren in Christ Church, which was formed in and was the first denomination originating in the United States.
Philip William Otterbein and Francis Asbury worked in close fellowship.
However, there were two significant reasons that these men did not join their organizations in the early s: 1 a difference in the concept of authority and 2 a difference in language. Asbury was aggressive in establishing orderly rules and regarded them as having weighty authority. Otterbein was also a man of order; however, he did not impose his authority in a weighty manner, either as pastor of his congregation or later as bishop of The United Brethren Church.
When several of his children died in an epidemic of dysentery in , Albright experienced a crisis in his faith. But in the summer of , he received a conversion experience at a prayer meeting where he is quoted as saying, "All fear and anxiety of heart disappeared.
Joy and blessed peace inbreathed my breast. God gave witness to my spirit that I had become a child of God. However, since Albright spoke little English, he found it difficult to worship with the Methodists. At the urging of his friends, Albright became an itinerant preacher. All four of these petitions deleted references in the Book of Discipline to the annual conference committee on investigation as it related to the investigatory part of the judicial process when a cleric who is not a bishop is the respondent…Petition places responsibility for determining commencement of judicial proceedings with counsel for the Church and there is no accountability to the annual conference, only to the counsel who is appointed by the bishop.
The result of these changes is that the Counsel for the Church now consults with the Conference Chancellor and makes his or her own determination as to whether or not the case should go to trial, when the respondent is a clergy member of an annual conference. Analysis and Rationale As the North Georgia Annual Conference request notes, the change in the Discipline that occurred at the General Conference raises serious questions about both fair process and balance between the episcopal and other clergy processes.
While one could argue the new process for clergy members is simple, less time-consuming, and less labor intensive, the comments of Bishop S. Following his term as a presiding officer of a March trial court, he noted: In its effort to streamline the judicial process and to bring clergy swiftly to trial, the General Conference unfortunately eliminated the Committee on Investigation.
While the previous Committee on Investigation process was cumbersome, it did provide for an investigating body to hear from and question a complainant. Those responding to a complaint had a body of peers to help determine if sufficient evidence existed to bring a charge in preparation for trial.
I believe that the Committee on Investigation should be restored in some form to the judicial process for clergy. It is a glaring inconsistency in The Book of Discipline to maintain the Committee on Investigation for all others except clergy members of an annual conference.
Without it, Presiding Officers preparing for trials of clergy members are forced to make decisions about pre-trial motions on the basis of very limited information. The annual conference is the basic body in the Church and as such shall have reserved to it the right to vote on all constitutional amendments, on the election of clergy and lay delegates to the General and the jurisdictional or central conferences, on all matters relating to the character and conference relations of its clergy members, and on the ordination of clergy and such other rights as have been delegated to the General Conference under the Constitution, with the exception that the lay members may not vote on matters of ordination, character, and conference relations of clergy except that the lay members of the conference board of ordained ministry and the committee on investigation emphasis added may vote on matters of ordination, character, and conference relations of clergy, with the further exception that lay members of the district committee on ordained ministry be full participating members of the district committee on ordained ministry with vote.
It shall discharge such duties and exercise such powers as the General Conference under the Constitution may determine.
However, the action of the General Conference removed the enabling legislation for this committee. That action is unconstitutional. Decision The action of the General Conference to delete the role of the Committee on Investigation for clergy members of an annual conference is unconstitutional. Beth Capen was absent.
Warren Plowden, third lay alternate, participated in this decision. Dennis Blackwell was absent. Timothy K. Bruster, first clergy alternate, participated in this decision.
Of the 32 petitions, 15 were rejected by the legislative committee. Of those that were carried to adoption, Petitions , and were significantly amended and assigned to the legislative committee on judicial administration the last three under Calendar Items , , All said four petitions deleted references in the Book of Discipline to the annual conference committee on investigation COI , as it related to the investigatory part of the judicial process when a cleric, who is not a bishop, is the respondent.