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Notices — Jan. 18, 2007 {0607}

Notices — Jan. 18, 2007 {0607}

e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service

Notices — Jan. 18, 2007

Jan. 18, 2007  News media contact: Tita Parham*
800-282-8011  Orlando {0607}

An e-Review News Item

Feb. 15 marks deadline for General, Jurisdictional Conference nominations

By Erik Alsgaard**

LAKELAND — An important item of business taking place at this year’s annual conference event June 6-9 in Lakeland is the election of laity and clergy to represent the Florida Conference at the 2008 General and Jurisdictional conferences.

In order to be elected, a person must first be nominated. All clergy and laity are invited to nominate themselves or another person through a nomination form — one for clergy and one for laity — posted on the conference’s Web site at Clergy must be nominated to be eligible for election, a change from previous years when all clergy were eligible for election.

Florida Conference delegates consider the issues before them three days into the 2004 General Conference at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. Florida's delegation was among 998 delegates and more than 1,000 visitors from across the globe participating in the denomination's highest lawmaking assembly. Photo by Michael Wacht. File Photo #04-0019. Originally accompanied e-Review Florida UMNS #0066.

A total of 13 clergy and 13 lay delegates will be elected to General Conference April 22-May 2 in Fort Worth, Texas, with an additional 13 clergy and 13 lay delegates elected to the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference July 16-19 in Lake Junaluska, N.C.

Delegates elected to General Conference are automatically elected to represent the Florida Conference at Jurisdictional Conference. The first two elected lay and clergy delegates to Jurisdictional Conference also serve as alternates for General Conference.

Florida Conference United Methodists interested in submitting a nomination should complete the appropriate form and send it via the conference Web site. The deadline to electronically send a nomination form is midnight Feb. 15. Individuals may also print the form and mail it, postmarked by Feb. 15, to: Delegate Nominations, Florida Annual Conference, P.O. Box 3767, Lakeland, FL 33802. Those who do not have a computer or access to the Florida Conference Web site may contact the Rev. Dr. Kenneth Minton, conference secretary, at 863-686-3163 to request a paper copy.

Names, addresses, photographs and statements of nominees will be printed in alphabetical order in the annual conference event workbook, according to the Florida Conference Standing Rules. An alphabetical listing will also be placed on the conference Web site.

The Standing Rules state in paragraph 422, pages 179-182 of the 2006 Florida Conference Journal, that clergy and laity must follow the process outlined in the rules for nominating people to serve as delegates to the General and Jurisdictional conferences.


This article relates to 2007 Florida Annual Conference Event.

*Parham is managing editor of e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service.
**Alsgaard is director of communications for the Florida Conference.