The Judicial Council, at its April 2019 meeting, reviewed actions taken by the special General Conference in February. The council serves as The United Methodist Church’s supreme court. General Conference, the denomination’s top lawmaking body, passed the Traditional Plan, which enhances current policies about homosexuality and strengthens enforcement, and approved procedures for local churches to disaffiliate from the denomination and retain local church property.

All of this legislation passed in February was found constitutional and therefore, these changes take effect in the U.S. Jan. 1, 2020. In Africa, Europe and the Philippines, the legislation will take effect in May 2021, 12 months after the next General Conference in May 2020.

Click here to read Bishop Johnson’s letter for a complete report.

The Chrysalis Class, adult Sunday morning class for over 25 years, has become  a Reconciling Community, within Asbury, and has joined the Reconciling Ministries Network ( RMN),  a national organization seeking the inclusion of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in both the policy and practices of United Methodist Church. Contact Hershel Dorney for further information at or 610-533-4028. 

This issue will be discussed at Eastern PA Annual Conference, in preparation for General Conference 2020.  I will keep Asbury informed of all related information.  I am available to speak with anyone regarding this and any other topics. 

I encourage all to watch and pray, always seeking to love one another as Christ loves us. 

Judy Ehninger, Lay Member to Annual Conference