Strong Opposition to TP
Mountain Sky Annual Conference also passed a strong resolution in opposition to TP. Eschewing the subtlety of most other conferences, it included clearly unlawful calls in some points to not enforcing TP. Its bishop was supported by the Council in her ruling on those particular parts of the resolution while affirming the lawful ones.
There are two things of special interest in this case.
One, the bishop making the affirmed ruling was Bishop Karen Oliveto, United Methodist’s first openly gay bishop. Her ruling is the same as any other bishop’s would have been. Enough said.
Two, the Council spells out in succinct terms the argument for the legality of non- prescriptive aspirational and prophetic disagreements under which resolutions like these may be written. I list their precedents here for your convenience:
Disagreement: JCDs 96, 886, 1044, 1262
Aspiration: JCDs 1262, 1292, 1120,
Not prescriptive: JCDs 1340,
These do not include the above decisions from this session.