I did not know that the “just resolution” process in our Discipline did not include the people who brought the complaints.
Reading the official statements from the resolution of the Rev. Ogletree case, I don’t see any sign that the complaining pastors were a part of the process that led to the dismissal of the charges.
As I understand it, now, the church and the accused are the only two parties to the action when it gets referred to trial, so the people who brought the original complaint can be excluded from the resolution process. (Please correct me if I am wrong about this.)
I realize that in this case no one in the “winning” side will complain about that, but isn’t such a system vulnerable to all kinds of abuse?