Guide to voting
Here’s a quick and easy run-down on the various categories of folks who will be attending our annual conference session next week—and who gets to vote on what:
I’m a Lay Person Assigned to pastoral ministry: By Conference Rule #1.033 you become a lay member of the annual conference during the time of your church assignment. You may vote on any annual conference matter, although you are not allowed to attend the clergy session Thursday morning.
I’m a Licensed Local Pastor: You are a clergy member of the annual conference during the time you are appointed. This year, you may vote on anything in the plenary session except General Conference delegates*, but you may not vote on “matters of ordination, character, and conference relations of clergy”—meaning most of the voting in the clergy session (although you are allowed to attend, with voice).
*there are a few exceptions to this—if you are one of the exceptions, you’ll receive notification from the Conference Secretary.
I’m a minister of another denomination, serving under appointment in OR-ID: You are allowed to sit within the bar of the conference (this means at a table in the plenary space). Check the list on page 165 of the 2014 Conference Journal: if your name appears with an asterisk, then you may vote in the plenary session (except that you may not vote for General Conference delegates). You may attend the clergy session but you may not vote, and you are only allowed voice if someone makes a special motion asking for that privilege on your behalf.
I’m a clergy member of another annual conference, serving under appointment in OR-ID: We welcome you to sit within the bar at plenary session, and we will make a procedural motion at the beginning of the annual conference to allow you the privilege of voice. You only have the right to a vote in your home conference, however. You may attend clergy session but with no vote.
I’m a provisional member of Oregon-Idaho: You may vote in plenary session, but you are not allowed to vote on most of what come before the clergy session. Provisional members who have completed all their educational requirements may vote on GC/JC delegates.
I’m an associate member of Oregon-Idaho: You may vote for anything in plenary session, including clergy delegates for GC/JC. You may attend clergy session with voice but may not vote on “matters of ordination, character, and conference relations of clergy.”
I’m a clergy member in full connection of Oregon-Idaho: You may vote in plenary session AND you are expected to attend and vote at the clergy session.
I’m a lay member of Oregon-Idaho: You may vote on any matter that comes before the plenary session. You will not attend clergy session but you DO get to choose from a variety of excellent workshops!
Questions? If this quick summary is not enough, feel free to contact our Conference Secretary for more details: Laura Jaquith Bartlett, email@example.com.