Memorandum Number 604


October 28, 1988

General Conference Adoption of Boycott of Royal Dutch/Shell Products.


The Judicial Council has no jurisdiction in this case since the question raised is neither one of constitutionality under Constitution  59, nor one of meaning, application or effect under Discipline  2615.

The Judicial Council has consistently held that the General Conference under Constitution  15 has full power over matters distinctively connectional. Participation in a boycott is such a connectional matter. Such a question of substance is appropriate for floor debate but not for judicial review.

Ewing Werlein, Jr., representing the Shell Oil Company, John E. Stumbo, representing the General Board of Global Ministries, and Leonard D. Slutz, representing the General Board of Church and Society appeared in an open hearing at Hershey, Pennsylvania on October 27, 1988.

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