The 2012 General Conference of the United Methodist Church – the highest policy setting body decides on a petition, with petition # 21110, regarding the recognition of the Southern Tagalog Provisional Annual Conference as approved which was created by the Philippines Central Conference – the highest policy setting body in the Philippines.
It was presented by Bishop Patrick Streiff, the chair of the Standing Committee which covers the matters of the Central Conferences (Conferences or Churches outside US), in the April 26 evening plenary presided over by Bishop Robert Hayes Jr. the petition regarding the Southern Tagalog Provisional Annual Conference.
According to the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church it is the General Conference which has the authority over the provisional annual conference. It was overlooked when it was created by the Philippines Central Conference last November of 2008 though its has authority of creating regular annual conferences. And this was decided by the Judicial Council, with Judicial Council decision # 1180, that only the general conference has the authority over provisional annual conference.
But according to the petition, the creation of the Southern Tagalog Provisional Conference was created prior to the Judicial Council so it was approved and recognized by the 2012 general conference.
This decision will be available in print and electronically (in PDF file) in the Daily Christian Advocate – the official record of the general conference proceedings and the actual presentation of the petition can be viewed in the video located at this link . Other related documents, materials are avalable at the denomination’s web site at http://www.umc.org under the general conference page.