Annual gathering equips UM lawyers to serve the church

United Methodist attorneys gathered Sept. 18 at Pulaski Heights UMC for the annual United Methodist Lawyers Conference hosted by the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas. The event provides continuing legal education for those who assist United Methodist churches with legal issues.


Attendees received instruction on such topics as licensing and copyright issues, tax issues, liability of local church boards of trustees, planned giving and ethics. A panel discussion addressed questions of church law that the bishop and the Conference chancellors have faced in the past year. The day closed with a celebration of Holy Communion.

RIGHT: Bill Waddell, a Little Rock attorney who advises the United Methodist Council of Bishops, provides an overview of recent rulings by the United Methodist Judicial Council as part of his presentation, “Church Law and Same Gender Issues in the Local Church.”