RESOLUTION OF APPROBATION
New York Annual Conference passed a “petition” which commended people who acted out of conscience against church laws that relate to homosexuals and ceremonies celebrating Gay couples. Some pastors on the list had been taken to trial for their actions.
Someone requested that the bishop rule on whether or not the petition had violated certain church laws and Judicial Council Decisions. The Bishop said no, that the petition was aspirational and did not tell anyone what to do. The Judicial Council concurred, saying, “The only way it could violate church law is by prescribing actions that are themselves contrary to church law or by calling upon individuals to negate or ignore church law.”
In typical fashion, Council took this opportunity to instruct us all about where they draw the line and why this petition did not cross it. It is helping the Church to see how they differentiate between the various statements that have been sent to be tested by them.
It is a fine set of differences among aspiration, approbation, and alteration with regard to church law. No wonder some people overseas shake their heads and people in this country tear their hair out!