A Missionary Conference’s Dilemmas Under TP
The Alaska Missionary Conference will become a district of the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference, if all goes as planned. That may resolve some of the questions raised in a request for a declaratory decision.
As the Council notes, there are serious discussions there about Alaska’s way forward under TP. The questions raised in the request show some of the options these discussions have covered and the folks there would love to have more definitive input. I’m very sympathetic with that. But that input could come from other sources such as a seminary professor or even former Judicial Council members or geeks like myself. The Council rightly reserves itself to answer questions that are germane to a specific action being taken by an annual conference or its officers rather than on hypothetical options and speculations about possibilities.
But I am still left without a completely solid ground on which to determine when clarification of church law is warranted in response to prospective questions and when they are speculative and hence, hypothetical.