Central Jurisdiction Speaks

Sun, 09/01/1963
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This document is a summary of the Methodist Central Jurisdiction Study Conference, including its context, statements and recommendations, and a joint declaration of the college of bishops of the Central Jurisdiction and the Central Jurisdiction Study Committee. The Central Jurisdiction Study Conference, held during the Spring of 1962, studied segregation within the Methodist Church, and the ways in which to abolish racial segregation in the jurisdictional structure of the church. The Central Jurisdiction itself is a racial unit in the ecclesiastical structure, and the Study Conference intends to aid its abolishment. The document outlines what members of the Study Conference take to be an inclusive Methodist Church, and makes eight recommendations to aid in the process of abolishment of the Central Jurisdiction. The report of the Joint Declaration of the College of Bishops and of the Central Jurisdiction and the Central Jurisdiction Study Committee goes on to outline the basic support of the abolition of the Central Jurisdiction in a way that will facilitate equality within the Methodist Church, and offer a time table and basic standards for Annual Conference transfers.

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Document Description: 13-page photocopy of typewritten document; located in PLT Archive folder "Ed King Notes on Methodism"; Notations: some highlighting on document; from "Ed King Collection - Box 9, Folder 430, Methodist Bishop, Race, 1963".

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