In order to comply with the South Georgia Conference's Standing Rule 3.3.3 (see below), resolutions are delayed until the next in-person conference session. We thank the conference for their patience and understanding.
Statement from Bishop Lawson Bryan, January 25, 2021:
"Standing Rule 3.3.3 recognizes the need for adequate time for full discussion of each resolution, as well as time for amendment, substitution and other parliamentary action. While the virtual platform chosen for our 2021 session is acceptable for receiving and voting on some kinds of reports, it is not well suited for the kind of extended debate that may be desired when acting on a resolution or a motion in regard to new business. The restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic have placed us in a position that our business is to approve required reports such as the budget, nominations, pensions, and report of the board of ordained ministry. All of these are reports that come to us from committees and boards of the annual conference where there has already been time for debate and discussion by both laity and clergy serving on those groups. The nature of another virtual, one-day annual conference session is such that we must ask everyone's support in understanding that these resolutions to the Resolutions Committee, as well as motions from the floor in regard to new business, should be held until the next regular, in-person session of the annual conference. At that time each resolution and motion can be given due consideration in a fair and proper manner."
For questions about the resolutions process, please contact Rev. Doreen Smalls, chair of the Resolutions Committee, at email@example.com.
Resolutions from individuals or churches to the Annual Conference shall be referred to the Committee on Resolutions and shall be signed by at least five persons unless coming from an Administrative Board/Council.
Petitions to the General Conference of The United Methodist Church from individuals, churches and Annual Conference Committees/Commissions/Boards/Agencies, etc., which desire Annual Conference endorsement
shall be referred to the Committee on Resolutions.
Typed copies of the resolutions and petitions shall be sent by the established deadline to the Chair of the Committee on Resolutions and the Secretary of the Annual Conference. (See 3.3.3 for more information.)
A Quadrennial Committee on Resolutions shall be named for the Annual Conference. It shall be composed of seven persons: three clergy and three laity, and a District Superintendent as Chairperson. The Committee on Nominations shall nominate the Committee, and the Conference shall elect. All resolutions from individuals or churches to the Annual Conference shall be referred to this Committee and shall be signed by at least five members unless coming from an Administrative Board/Council. Petitions going to General Conference through the Annual Conference shall be referred to this Committee. Action by the Conference upon the report of the Committee shall come no later than the next-to-the last day. Copies of resolutions shall be sent by the established deadline to the Chair of the Committee on Resolutions and the Secretary of the Annual Conference. The Committee shall receive, study and report on each Resolution to the Annual Conference with a recommendation to: "Concur", "Non-concur", "Revise", or "Refer". Resolutions coming to the conference
after the established deadline will require the suspension of the rules to be properly before the conference. Also, the resolution presenters are responsible for printing 1200 copies for distribution. These late resolutions shall be distributed after the rules have been suspended and no later than the day before action is to be taken. (See 3.1.4 for more information.)