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Friday, February 2, 2018
Submission of General Conference Resolutions
Attention: Pursuant to Paragraph 206.1, page 33 in The CME Discipline, 2014, the deadline for submitting General Conference resolutions is January 31st. However, I refer you to the Discipline, Chapter 59 entitled “Rules and Procedures Of The 2014 General Conference”, Paragraph 1500.7. Matters for Consideration, Section 2, page 317, where it reads “The procedure for consideration of other matters shall be for the roll of the Annual Conferences to be called at which time memorials, resolutions, or proposals endorsed by an Annual Conference delegation may be presented without reading or discussion. Upon presentation, such will be referred to the appropriate Standing Committee.”
Bishop Thomas Louis Brown, Sr.,
Chair, Committee on Resolutions
2018 GENERAL CONFERENCE
COMMITTEE ON RESOLUTIONS
The Committee on Resolutions is appointed by the College of Bishops in accordance with ¶206 of THE BOOK OF DISCIPLINE, REVISED 2014. The following are pertinent paragraphs from THE BOOK OF DISCIPLINE, REVISED 2014, PAGES 32-33:
¶206. There shall be a Committee on Resolutions appointed by the College of Bishops. Each Bishop shall appoint one member to the Resolutions Committee by September 1 of the year preceding the General Conference. The Presiding Bishop of the District shall publish the name of the committee member throughout the District.
¶206.1. All resolutions, memorials, and other materials contemplated for presentation to the General Conference shall be sent to the appropriate Episcopal District Resolutions Committee member on or before January 31 of the year of the General Conference.
¶206.2. Resolutions mailed, sent or given to the Episcopal District representative shall be examined by him or her to ascertain if they meet the requirements for proposed legislation (cf. ¶1500.7, §4). All resolutions requiring changes in the wording and/or legal meanings of provisions in the Discipline shall state the paragraph, section, page and language to be changed and the language to be substituted. In addition to the requirements referenced, resolutions shall not contain more than three preamble paragraphs. If the resolutions do not meet the requirements, they shall be returned for corrections.
In addition to these paragraphs from The Book of Discipline, Revised 2014, the College of Bishops has agreed upon the following regulations for the sake of uniformity:
Resolutions should be submitted in writing.
Hard copies given to, mailed or emailed to the Episcopal District Representative should be typed in 12-point font, only on one side of the paper. Multiple pages should be stapled together.
Resolutions submitted via email should be sent as an attachment in Word document format.
The submitter of the resolution must type his/her name, address, telephone, email and local church information on each page of the resolution.
Resolutions submitted on behalf of groups and organizations should clearly state this information and include one name as the point of contact.
All resolutions requiring changes in the wording and/or legal meanings of the provisions in the Discipline shall state the paragraph, section, page and language to be changed and the language to be substituted.
Resolutions shall not contain more than three preamble paragraphs.
Resolutions not meeting the above requirements will be returned for corrections. Corrected resolutions must be returned in time to meet the January 31, 2018 deadline.
Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton
Secretary of The College of Bishops
September 1, 2017