Cascadia District Equalization Members
District Equalization Members of Annual Conference
These are the "additional" (beyond local church) lay members of Annual Conference. The district equalization member slots exist in order to help us equalize the number of lay and clergy voting members in the Annual Conference, and to expand upon the ethnic and age representation that we usually have from our local churches. Each district gets 2 youth members, 2 young adult members, 1 college/university student member, and 2 ethnic minority members.
The responsibilities of equalization members are the same as any other member of the Annual Conference:
- To prepare beforehand by reading and considering the materials provided about legislation and other matters which will come before the body.
- To attend the session, participate and vote
- To share their experiences with their home church, but also with the district through the district newsletter or other forums.
The term of a youth member is only one year, but the other positions are for the full quadrennium so they will be expected to serve 2021 - 2024. The AC Session is being held as a hybrid event in 2023, with attendance possible either in person or by Zoom.
All of the equalization members must hold membership in a local church in our district. Youth members need to be between the ages of 12 and 18. Young adult members need to be between the ages of 19 and 30 at the time of their election. The college/university student may be any age, but needs to be an enrolled student in a college or university at the time of their election. The ethnic minority members may be of any age and may be any ethnicity other than white. The youth, young adult, and student members may also be any ethnicity.
For in-person meetings equalization members are eligible to have their meal and lodging expenses reimbursed (upon presentation of receipts) by the Annual Conference, up to a value equivalent to ½ of a double occupancy room at the host hotel and the scheduled conference meals. They are also eligible for the same travel reimbursement as all Conference members.
The 2023 regular Annual Conference Session will a hybrid event held in June, with attendance either in person in Meridian, ID or by Zoom. You can find information on registration, schedule, and AC updates as they are available at https://www.umoi.org/ac The proposed legislation package will be available by early May.
In addition there will be one, possibly two, special sessions of the Annual Conference membership called in 2023.
Special Called AC Session - Saturday, May 6 morning - Zoom only
Laity Session – To be scheduled
GNW Opening Session – Saturday, May 20 - livestream only
OR-ID Conference Sessions – Thursday, June 8 - Sunday, June 11
at Meridian UMC, Meridian, ID or via Zoom
GNW Closing Session – Thursday, June 15 - livestream only
Cascadia District is currently looking for young adult, college/university, and ethnic equalization members. Please contact Linda Grund-Clampit in the Cascadia District office for more information or to share your interest: firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-581-3969.