July 08, 2021 | by Mark R. Wharf
It is time to turn our attention to legislation for the 2021 Annual Conference Session, coming October 29-31. Please note the guidelines in our conference Standing Rules, Division I. F. 4. found on pages 242-243 of the 2020 Journal.
Recommendations, resolutions and petitions may be brought before the session by councils, boards, commissions, committees, or agencies of the annual conference; by a local church, through action of its administrative board, charge conference, or church conference; or by individual lay members of local churches within the annual conference or clergy members of the annual conference, directly to the conference secretary. Items submitted by agencies and local churches shall include the number of members of that body, the number present, the number voting for, the number voting against, and the date that the action was taken.
Recommendations, resolutions and petitions shall be submitted without “whereas” clauses but may include an explanatory statement which shall not be subject to action by the session.
Recommendations, resolutions or petitions received via email or digital file will be acknowledged by the conference secretary. Those not conforming to the appropriate format will be returned to the sender for reformatting.
Recommendations, resolutions and petitions shall include the following:
Contact person submitting the recommendation, resolution, or petition
Title of the recommendation, resolution, or petition
Name of the submitting group (or individual, if not submitted by a group)
Number of members of the submitting group (where applicable)
Number of members present when voting
Number of members voting for and against adoption of the recommendation, resolution, or petition
Date the recommendation, resolution, or petition was adopted by the submitting group/individual
Fiscal impact anticipated if the recommendation, resolution, or petition is adopted
Preference for consideration following Parliamentary Procedure or Petitionary Procedure
(Please review standing rules Division I. C. 5. and 6. on pages 238-239 of the 2020 Journal.)
Complete text of the recommendation, resolution, or petition
Explanatory (background) statement(s) in support of the recommendation, resolution, or petition
Recommendations normally ask the conference to take action or do something, such as amend one of its rules or add a task force.
Resolutions typically ask the conference to make a statement or say something, such as commend a public official for action or express condolences to a family or community following a loss.
Petitions invite conference members who favor a given action or statement to express their support by signing a document.
(Petitions to the General Conference are efforts to amend a specific paragraph of The Book of Discipline, and may be submitted to the annual conference for its support. If approved by the annual conference, they are submitted by the conference secretary to the Petitions Secretary of the General Conference in the year prior to the quadrennial or special General Conference.)
In order to be considered by the 2021 Annual Conference Session, recommendations, resolutions, and petitions must be received by the conference secretary by August 31, 2021. (Items resulting from situations whose late development prevented their submission prior to these deadlines may be considered by the session under the rules found in Division I. F. on page 243 of the 2020 Journal.)
Recommendations, resolutions, and petitions are to be submitted to the conference secretary using the online form found at https://calnev-reg.brtapp.com/RRPForm21.
If you have questions, please contact the conference secretary by email at Mark.Wharff@cnumc.org or by text/voice at 209-614-3802