District Meetings: A Preview of the 2014 Resolutions Process and Straw Poll
Where two or more are gathered together – whether in homes, church or district meetings – there are bound to be two or more viewpoints being discussed. Delegates at the Pre-Conference meetings across Texas recently discussed the 10 resolutions, respectfully within the guidelines of Holy Conferencing.
“Attendance was very strong at all nine of our recent pre-conference meetings,” reports Rev. B.T. Williamson, Assistant to the Bishop, “and the delegates’ straw poll votes ran pretty consistent from one resolution to the next, providing an aggregate snapshot of the position taken by the delegates at this point in time.”
These meetings modeled a new Resolution Process that was approved at last year’s conference that involved three steps: 1) a preliminary review with input welcomed from all districts, 2) a district meeting process featuring presenters for and against each resolution, followed by delegate discussions, and a non-binding vote, and 3) the presentation, discussion and official vote at annual conference, following the principles of Holy Conferencing.
The Annual Conference session will be the next context to follow this model of Christians, conferring together for the sake of respectful listening and contemplation.
RESULTS OF STRAW POLL AT PRE-CONFERENCE MEETINGS
1. RESOLUTION REGARDING USE OF LANGUAGE