Please see the 2015 Adjourned Session of Annual Conference page for all news, resources, and updates related to the Adjourned Session.
The Adjourned Session will be held November 14, 2015 at the Macungie campus of Bethany UMC, 3801 Brookside Road, Macungie, PA 18062.
Please note that this is a change in venue.
8:00 am Registration
8:30 am Prayer Time
9:30 am Worship and Holy Conferencing
Worship and Holy Conferencing will occur from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, with an offering for “Imagine No Malaria” being taken. During the business portion of the session we will be receiving reports, handling resolutions not dealt with at the 2015 Annual Conference session, voting for 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conference delegates, and voting on the 2016 Annual Conference budget.
- General Conference Delegate Re-Voting Q&A 1 (7/20/2015)
- General Conference Delegate Re-Voting Q&A 2 (8/25/2015)
No lunch will be provided, but snacks/water will be disbursed at registration. You are welcome to bring your own bag lunch if desired.
Who will be able to vote at the Adjourned Session?
Paragraph 602.5 of the 2012 Book of Discipline states that “the lay member or alternate, whoever was last seated in the annual conference, shall be seated in a special session of the annual conference when convened, provided that no local charge shall be deprived of its lay member due to death, serious illness, or cessation of membership. Under such circumstances, another lay member may be elected by the Charge Conference.”
After consultation with the denomination’s chancellor, it is recommended that the lay members of annual conference who attended the May session be those who attend in the November session, if possible.
If a lay member was representing a church, and cannot be present, the local church should send whoever is duly elected to represent them (whether it is the listed lay member, an already elected alternate, or a newly elected alternate). If a person is a lay equalizing delegate and did not attend the May annual conference session, or is an alternate lay delegate who did attend, they should contact their district office to find out if they should attend. [Note: district offices handle replacing equalizing lay delegates who cannot attend, and would determine if they need to use alternates to achieve full representation. If you are in this category, contact your district office to find out if you should attend.]
Who can vote for clergy delegates to General/NEJ Conferences?
*Deacons and elders in full connection *Associate members *Provisional members who have completed all of their educational requirements *Local pastors who have completed course of study or an M. Div. degree and have served a minimum of two consecutive years under appointment immediately preceding the election.
Who can vote for lay delegates to General/NEJ Conferences?
The lay members (including equalization members) of the Annual Conference.