A Statement from Bishop David Graves

August 01, 2018

To complete the process of the complaints against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the following decision has been made: 

The judicial process of The United Methodist Church cannot be used in the matter of United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions to address political actions. A political action is not personal conduct when the political officer is carrying out official policy. In this matter, Attorney General Jeff Session was carrying out the official policy of the President and/or the United States Department of Justice. It was not an individual act. We believe this type of conduct is not covered by the chargeable offense provisions of The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, 2016, for laypersons. Therefore, these complaints related to this have been dismissed by Dr. Debora Bishop, the Mobile District Superintendent. 

The Cabinet of the Alabama-West Florida Conference and I concur with this decision. 

Bishop David W. Graves
Resident Bishop
Alabama-West Florida Conference