Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference Schedule Adjusted
The 2012 meeting of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference will be held Wednesday, July 18 through Friday, July 20, 2012, at Lake Junaluska, N.C.
This announcement reflects a recent decision made by the 2012 Program Committee and Local Arrangements Committee that condenses the conference by one day.
“A recent adjustment by the Council of Bishops afforded us an opportunity to eliminate a day in our traditional schedule,” said Dr. Brad Brady, Jurisdictional Conference Secretary. “The Bishops agreed that five jurisdictional conferences will begin on July 18, but each jurisdiction was freed up to set its own date for the consecration of newly elected bishops.”
The Program Committee and Local Arrangements Committee will be working with the Committee on Episcopacy and other groups to schedule conference business and the balloting process so that the newly elected Bishops will be consecrated on Friday, July 20, 2012, at 10 a.m.
“We are engaging the services of a new vendor to assist us with balloting so that each delegate will have a hand-held device, much like a television remote control, on which their ballots will be cast,” Brady announced. “A new process is being developed, carefully considering all the unique aspects of episcopal elections. While we do not expect ‘rapid-fire’ balloting, we do expect a shorter turn-around time on each ballot, which will allow for more frequent balloting.”
Bishop Lindsey Davis, the senior effective bishop in the Southeastern Jurisdiction and chairperson of the Program Committee, is overseeing the development of this process so that each ballot is fair and has the integrity everyone expects. Most of these details are expected to be released in the pre-conference booklet and on the jurisdictional website in late spring 2012.
The Jurisdictional Committee on Episcopacy, chaired by Dr. John Ed Mathison, is charged with developing the guidelines around the nomination of declared candidates and the release of the covenant about norms for how campaigning will unfold. It is expected that there will be a formal time on Tuesday, July 17, 2012, for each delegation to hear from declared nominees and meet with them so they can become more informed. The Committee on Episcopacy will release all these process details once they are finalized.