Category Archives: General Conference

Judicial Council Decision

Here’s the text if you’re interested…

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General Conference: Day Eight

Today, we heard an interpretive report from the General Board of Pensions and Health Benefits. We were reminded of the Defined Benefit Plan that is presently in place for Annual conferences, which includes lifetime clergy income, and provides both longevity … Continue reading

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UMC Shifts: Guaranteed Appointment

The elimination of guaranteed appointment was approved this morning on the consent calendar with no discussion or debate. The reconsideration of this petition that was passed by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry failed with 373 voting yes … Continue reading

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General Conference: Day Seven

And so it begins… Early yesterday (Monday) morning, we began plenary for General Conference, considering the petitions that have been approved by each legislative committee. We started off with Superintendency, considering a set-aside bishop petition. It was voted down, at … Continue reading

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Alston addresses General Conference

Ellen Alston addresses the General Conference as the chair of the Superintendency Committee on Monday morning. The body is now hearing debate about the possibility of a set-aside bishop, along with amendments about allowing the General Conference to vote on … Continue reading

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General Conference: Days Five and Six

Saturday was the Last Day of Legislative Committees, where groups solidified the petitions that will be placed on the Consent Calendar, rejected and brought to the floor. The Biggest News of Saturday was the debacle of the IOT; the inability … Continue reading

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Biggest Tweets of the Morning

Mike Baughman (@ireverant) 4/28/12 9:07 AM M&HE committee voted to end guaranteed appointment system by a vote of 68-7. #gc2012 Rev. Jeremy Smith (@umjeremy) 4/28/12 9:09 AM Motion to substitute the #MFSA plan for General Boards makeup (a substantial chunk of the plan) … Continue reading

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General Conference: Day Four

There was another big day in General Administration. The sub-committee on UMC Restructure decided to take on Plan B as the main proposal from which to work.  In the plan, the Connectional Table role strengthened and, according to the proposal … Continue reading

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Aguila appointed to Restructuring Subcommittee

Pete Aguila, lay delegate representing us on General Administration legislative committee, was appointed this afternoon to the subcommittee dealing with all legislation for the UMC restructure.  Pete has voice and vote in this important conversation.  The subcommittee will be working … Continue reading

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Plan B is substituted as main motion

Friday morning, after extended debate, a substitute motion was made to substitute Plan B for the Call to Action proposal from the Interim Operations Team as the main proposal from which to work in General Administration. The motion passed with … Continue reading

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