Is He or Isn’t He?
The Council was invited to consider a Western Michigan Annual Conference matter about membership on a leadership team. But it could not be resolved because not all of the documents were sent in to show the actions of the plenary that were germane to the “request for a decision of law.”
The Council retained jurisdiction pending the receipt of the materials from the conference.
The bishop answered the questions of law. The answers were that the questioner was ineligible to be on the Conference Leadership Team. The ruling of the bishop stands until the Council has everything it needs to make its ruling . . .next April.
There were other cases where the Council Secretary did not get all of the proper information. The Council is a voluntary body with one clerk who on a very part-time basis helps the Secretary. What I hope can be resolved is how cases which come in without all the documentation can get an immediate response pointing out, usually to the Annual Conference Secretary, that other specific things need to be sent in or the Council will have to postpone making any decision about that case.
And maybe an annual conference judicial body might have been able to look at the questions and resolve the issue within weeks of its being raised. Maybe this kind of case is a strong argument for such a court.