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The General Conference Business Meeting is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 11:00am – 5:30pm CST. The Business Forum is tentatively scheduled for Monday, July 1, 2013, 3:30pm – 5:30pm CST. CLICK HERE for a full schedule of the conference events.
Eligibility Requirements for Voting at General Conference XXV Announced
The Governing Board values our relationships with our congregations and desires to offer a vibrant General Conference experience. We ARE, indeed, stronger together. To that end, we wish to ensure that we are working with churches, Senior Pastors and Board of Directors to help them meet long-established eligibility standards for voting in the Business Meeting at our upcoming General Conference. We invite you to partner with us to ensure that your congregation is current on tithe assessments and Board of Pensions payments (for US churches) AND help to ensure our records are accurate.
If funds are not currently available to bring tithes and pension funds current, reaching a payment agreement is all it takes to become compliant. We will gladly work with you to reach an agreement prior to June 1, 2013.
Just so you are aware, as is procedure, the Governing Board, passed the following motion to affirm eligibility standards and deadlines for the Business Meeting.
“In order to be eligible to vote at General Conference XXV, churches must have paid their UFMCC tithe assessment through 31 March 2013, no later than 21:00 UTC/GMT (5:00 p.m. EDT) on 1 June 2013, or a current, signed tithe covenant must be in place, no later than 21:00 UTC/GMT (5:00 p.m. EDT) by 1 June 2013.
For U.S. churches, Board of Pension payments must also be current through 31 March 2013, by 21:00 UTC/GMT (5:00 p.m. EDT) on 1 June 2013.”
Existing agreements remain valid through the 2013 General Conference as long as the congregation remains current and consistent
If you have any questions or concerns about your congregational eligibility to vote, please contact us at email@example.com.
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VIRTUAL BUSINESS FORUM, MEETING, AND VOTING
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MCC Governing Board Announces Virtual Business Forum, Meeting and Voting for Non United States and Canadian Based Delegates for Governing Board Elections!
General Conference 2013 represents the XXV General Conference of the Metropolitan Community Churches. MCCers from around the globe will come together to worship and celebrate God’s all-inclusive love. I encourage you, if you are able, to come and experience the diversity that makes MCC unique. The benefits of the worship, face to face business meetings, and the excellent learning opportunities are unparalleled, and we want everyone who can, to do that. Churches in the USA and Canada, this year, have a special opportunity to come to the conference, as it is in Chicago, Illinois USA.
This year we are making history yet again as we offer the opportunity for participation in the 25th General Conference VIRTUALLY. We are committed to include more voices and participation globally, by including those who will not be able to come to Chicago either for reasons of finances, or ability to get a visa.
All Non United States and Canadian Clergy and Lay Delegates will have the opportunity to virtually participate in General Conference 2013 through advances in technology. We are now capable of offering Non United States and Canadian based Delegates, the ability to participate in the Business Forum, Business Meeting and casting a vote on the first round of balloting, for the 5 open positions, on the Governing Board elections only .
On Monday 01 July 2013 from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Central (UTC – 6), the General Conference Business Forum will be held and will be accessible virtually through Adobe Connect. Virtual Delegates will also be able to submit questions to the General Conference for consideration by emailing them to GoverningBoard@MCCchurch.net on or before 01 June 2013.
The Business Meeting will begin at 11:00 a.m. Central (UTC – 6) on Tuesday 02 July 2013 and will also be accessible via Adobe Connect. It will suspend for lunch at Noon and will reconvene at 1:30 p.m. Central (UTC -6). The meeting is scheduled to conclude at 5:30 p.m. Central (UTC -6).
Virtual voting will begin immediately following the Business Forum at 5:30 p.m. on 01 July 2013 Central (UTC-6) and conclude at 10:00 a.m. Central (UTC – 6) 02 July 2013. Virtual Delegates will only be able to vote in the first round of balloting.
To be eligible to vote in the virtual election a delegate (Clergy or Lay):
- Your church must be located outside of the USA.
- Your church must be current in its tithe payment or current with an approved tithe agreement.
- You must be registered for the conference at the day rate for your country. (CLICK HERE for those rates and to register.)
For Clergy Delegates only:
- Must have 2013 MCC license to practice.
If your congregation meets these requirements, voting instructions will be sent to your email address of record, thus it is imperative that you return your 2012 Annual Report to VickeyGibbs@MCCchurch.net by 11 February 2013, if you have not yet.