WASHINGTON (UMNS) - The United Methodist Council of Bishops has announced that all eight amendments to the church's constitution passed by the 2004 General Conference have been ratified by the annual conferences.
The new amendments are effective immediately, the council said.
The process for amending the Constitution of the United Methodist Church requires a two-thirds majority vote of delegates to the General Conference, the denomination's top lawmaking assembly. Annual (regional) conferences must then ratify the amendments by a two-thirds affirmative vote.
The results of the voting are reported to the Council on Bishops, where they are verified and counted. The results are then reviewed and certified by the Council of Bishops.
The vote counts for each of the amendments were as follows:
The nearly 11 million-member United Methodist Church has 63 annual conferences in the United States and 52 conferences in Africa, Europe and the Philippines.
Questions about the amendments may be directed to InfoServ, the denomination's official information service at United Methodist Communications, at (800) 251-8140. The full amendments can be read online at http://archives.umc.org/interior.asp?mid=10625.
This report was adapted from a press release by the Public Information Office at United Methodist Communications.