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The Right of a President to Adjourn a Conference
-To refuse to put a Motion, etc. The President of an Annual or a Quarterly Meeting Conference has the right to adjourn the Conference over which he presides when in his judgment all the business prescribed by the Discipline to such Conference shall have been transacted; provided, that, if an exception: be taken by the Conference to his so adjourn. ing it, the exception shall be entered upon the Journals of such Conference.-Journal, 1840,
When a Bishop presiding in an Annual Conference decides a question of law by request of the Conference, if a motion is made which would reverse the decision of the Bishop under the plea that the Conference has the right to apply the law in the case, should the motion be put, and the Conference be allowed to set aside the law under the pretense of applying it?
Answer. No. When a question of law has been decided by a Bishop in an Annual Conference, that decision cannot be reversed or set aside except by the action of the ensuing General Conference, to which body an appeal may be taken by the Annual Conference or by any member thereof.--Journal, 1860, p. 297.
If a motion is made in an Annual or Quarterly Conference, which, if passed, would be a
positive violation of Discipline, should the Pres. ident put the motion and allow the Discipline to be set aside, or what should he do?
Answer. He should refuse to put the motion. - Journal, 1860, p. 297.
The President of an Annual or a Quarterly Meeting Conference has the right to decline putting the question on a motion, resolution, or report when, in his judgment, such motion, resolution, or report does not relate to the proper business of a Conference; provided, that in all such cases the President, on being required by the Conference to do so, shall have inserted in the Journals of the Conference his refusal to put the question on such motion, resolution, or report, with his reason for so refusing; and provided, that when an Annual Conference shall differ from the President question of law, they shall have a right to record their dissent on the Journals, provided there shall be no discussion on the subject. Journal, 1840, p. 121.
Conferences in all Cases of Appeal to send for.
ward the Documents, etc. Resolved, That the Liberia Annual Conference, as well as every other Conference, is directed, in all cases of the condemnation or censure of any of its members, to send forward to the General Conference the minutes and docu. ments of the trial.-Journal, 1860, p. 203.
A tie Vote on an Appeal does not Change the
Action of the Court below. In any ecclesiastical Court of Appeals, when the three questions, Shall the decision of the lower Court be affirmed ? Shall the case be remanded for a new trial? Shall the former decision be reversed ? have been successively put, and there is a tie vote on each, then in what condition does it leave the appellant?
Resolved, That it is the sense of this Conference that when the motions to affirm, to remand, and to reverse have been successively put and lost, the decision of the Court below stands as the final adjudication of the case. Journal, 1860, p. 248.
Rights of Quarterly Conferences in a certain
Case. Question. In case a Quarterly Conference recommend the renewal of the license of an exhorter, is the presiding elder under obligation to renew the license ?
Answer. He is.-Journal, 1860, pp. 228, 229.
Presiding Elder's Duty in relation to the General
Missionary Committee. Resolved, That the Presiding Elders in the Annual Conferences be requested to furnish to the member of the General Missionary Committee, appointed to represent the Mission Dis. tricts within which they labor, a written statement of the condition of the Missions within their bounds, and their pecuniary wants, prior to the annual meeting of the Committee. Journal, 1860, p. 295.
[See article "General Missionary Committee” in Appendix B.)-Ed.
Receiving or Expelling Members improperly-Its
Infinence on the Relations of Parties, etc. If a preacher in charge of any work receive a person into the Church contrary to the Disci. pline, can the Annual Conference correct the administration, and declare that the person, having been received contrary to Discipline, is therefore not a member?
Answer. No. This question was decided by the General Conference of 1852 by the adoption of the following resolution:
Resolved, That when an Annual Conference decides that a preacher having charge has remived or expelled a member contrary to the Discipline, the decision does not exclude the member so received, but restores the member 80 expelled. (General Conference Journal, page 93.)-Journal, 1860, p. 297.
When a member is expelled from the Church, and complaint is made against the administratar to his Annual Conference for maladminis. tration, and the Conferenco decide that the per son was expelled contrary to Discipline, what is the relation of the member expelled from the Church? Does the act of the Annual Confer. ence restore the character of the member, so that the charges on which he was expelled are so annulled that the preacher may legally give him a letter before said charges are disposed of by trial or withdrawn?
Answer. The act of the Annual Conference does not restore his character, but simply his membership, and when so restored he is placed in the position which he occupied before be was tried; that is, he is an accused member, and hence the preacher is not at liberty to give him a certificate of membership. - Journal, 1860, p. 298.
Irregularity in the reception of a Member is not a
bar to Trial. May a person who has not been formally received into full connection in the Church, but has for a term of years enjoyed all the privileges of a member, and is supposed by the preacher in charge and society to be a member, plead the fact of his nonreception as a bar to proceedings in case of alleged immorality?
Answer. No.-Journal, 1860, p. 298.
The Right to take Testimony before a Commit
tee, etc. Testimony taken before a committee sitting in the case of an accused member of an Annual