Annual Conference 2015 to feature electronic voting

Preparations for the 2015 Annual Conference, May 14-16, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa., are underway, and deadlines are fast approaching. All necessary information and forms are available on the conference’s Website at http://epaumc.org/events/annualconference.

Online and mail-in registration for all members begins Feb. 23 and ends April 27. Meanwhile, Conference Secretary Lloyd Speer (at conferencesecretary@epaumc.org) must receive by March 10 all legislative resolutions and all nominations for delegates to the 2016 United Methodist General Conference and Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference. Forms and instructions are the Website.

Exhibitors’ tables, available on a first-come, first-served basis, can be reserved on the Website or by contacting Lori Henning by phone at 610-544-1400, or by email at exhibitcoordinator@epaumc.org, or by postal mail at 212 W. Springfield Road, Springfield, PA 19064.

Conference voting for delegates to next year’s General and Jurisdictional conferences is going digital this year. Members will use assigned electronic voting devices and return them at the end of the two-day conference. Training will be provided during pre-conference meetings, clergy and laity sessions, and at the plenary session.

Among the resolutions debated and voted on will likely be some aimed for General Conference, which will meet May 10-20, 2016, in Portland, Ore.

“The Commission on Conference Sessions is working hard to create an atmosphere of Holy Conferencing where all members of the Annual Conference can openly discuss where they believe God is leading the church in the future,” said the Rev. James Anderman, who chairs the commission.

Clergy and Laity sessions will precede the conference on Thursday, May 14, 10 AM to 12 noon. And the Order of St. Luke invites all attendees to join them for brief devotions and Holy Communion on Friday and Saturday mornings at 7:30 AM. A preliminary agenda will be distributed prior to Annual Conference.

“I anticipate the Holy Spirit to be working in and among us at this year’s Annual Conference,” said Bishop Peggy Johnson. “Our first-time use of an electronic voting system should streamline that election process. But above all, I pray this will be a time of inspiring worship and wisdom-sharing that will help us focus on our mission for Christ in the world.”