Update: Rule 44 Does Not Pass


On Thursday morning delegates returned to discussion on the alternative legislative discernment process known as Rule 44. After much discussion, delegates voted against Rule 44 with a vote of 355 for (43%) and 477 against (57%). 

The Rule has been before the body since Tuesday, May 10, when the 2016 General Conference delegates adopted all other rules recommended by the commission that plans The United Methodist Church’s legislative gathering. 

Rule 44 was put forth by the commission as an alternative Discernment Process that might provide a template for dealing with contentious issues in the life of the church. 

Because amendments were made on Wednesday, Rule 44 was sent back to the Rules Committee. Rule 44 came back to the body this morning with no amendments recommended.