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Updates from Your NIC Delegation to General and Jurisdictional Conferences

Posted: September 5 2023 at 03:05 PM
Author: Rev. Alka Lyall, chair of the NIC delegation to General and Jurisdictional Conferences

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The last few months have been pretty quiet for the General and Jurisdictional Conference delegates.  Most annual conferences were busy processing congregation disaffiliations and we as delegates were waiting to see how that would affect the delegation pools and what the process for submitting new legislation would be—if that was even going to be possible.

As of this writing a little over 6,000 churches have disaffiliated, some of which had among their membership delegates who had submitted petitions to be considered at General Conference (April 23 to May 3, 2024, Charlotte, N.C.). While the General Commission on General Conference grapples with what to do about those petitions, it accepted additional petitions until Sept. 6.

If you wish you can click here for more details on this and other matters related to the General Conference.  We hope to know the answer to the petitions question—and receive any new petitions—before the end of the year. We will report back to you when we have the answers.

As of now, we know that the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters and the Connectional Table, in collaboration with the authors of the Christmas Covenant have approved a new petition on regionalization to be submitted to the General Conference. 

With these developments, your delegation is also starting to meet and get back into preparation mode. All delegation meetings are open meetings so we wanted to let you know our meetings calendar for the rest of the year.

Our meetings run from 3 to 8 p.m., unless otherwise notified. Before dinner we process housekeeping and logistical information, so you are welcome to join us after 6 p.m. for any of these meetings, when we begin our conversations on content. If you wish to join, please inform us by email so that we have enough seating for all our guests.

As we get back into the rhythm of meetings and preparation, please continue to hold us in prayer. Thank you for your continued trust in us.

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