Separation of Church & State??? Oklahoma Supreme Court blocks congregation’s vote to leave United Methodist Church

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(Christian Post) – An Oklahoma congregation seeking to leave the United Methodist Church through a disaffiliation process is temporarily disallowed from holding another vote on the matter after earlier votes failed, the state’s highest court has ruled.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court issued an emergency stay on Monday, deciding that the Church of the Servant of Oklahoma City can’t hold another vote until after the litigation with the UMC Oklahoma Conference is resolved.

Earlier this year, the Church of the Servant filed suit against the conference, demanding that it be allowed to hold a new disaffiliation vote after two votes held last year failed to approve leaving the denomination.

The court’s stay means that an earlier lower court ruling by Oklahoma County District Court Judge Aletia Timmons in favor of the congregation cannot be enforced…

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