The Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference will take place July 18-20, 2012, at Lake Junaluska, NC. Below you will find helpful notes and links. E-mail updates will be sent during the conference.
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The agenda to the 2012 SEJ Jurisdictional Conference can be downloaded here.
Like the worldwide legislative meeting known as General Conference, jurisdictional conferences meet once every four years. However, while General Conference handles denominational matters across the globe, each jurisdictional gathering covers business related to one of the church's five regional jurisdictions in the United States. The primary business of jurisdictional conferences is the election and assignment of bishops.
Equal numbers of laity and clergy, elected by each annual conference, will be delegates. This year the Southeastern Jurisdiction will elect five new bishops from 15 candidates. Any United Methodist ordained elder may be elected bishop by any jurisdictional conference. Each jurisdiction establishes the percentage of votes needed for election. Voting by ballot continues until someone receives the required number of votes. This year the balloting will be electronic.
The five clergy and lay delegates to general conference as well as five additional lay and clergy jurisdictional delegates along with alternates from our conference will be representing you at Lake Junaluska.
The attention of the denomination will be focused beginning July 18 on the jurisdictional conferences, where 11 new U.S. bishops are expected to be elected in three jurisdictions. Like General Conference, the worldwide legislative gathering that met April 24 to May 4 in Tampa, Fla., jurisdictional conferences meet once every four years. Half the delegates will be lay people, and half will be clergy. The Book of Discipline, the denomination’s lawbook, stipulates that each annual conference is entitled to send twice the number of delegates to jurisdictional conferences that it sent to General Conference. There were 606 delegates from U.S. annual conferences at the 2012 General Conference. Full story here.
The 14 United Methodist bishops in the United States who are retiring this year collectively have given hundreds of years of service to the church in their lives. Click here to see who is retiring.
There are now 44 candidates for the episcopacy across the five jurisdictions, 15 from the Southeastern Jurisdiction. Learn who they are. Click here for list.
There are 15 Southeastern Jurisdictional candidates for the episcopacy. Two of the candidates are from South Georgia: Rev. Robert Beckum and Dr. Ivelisse Quiñones. Rev. Beckum, pastor of St. Luke United Methodist Church, Columbus, has been endorsed by the South Georgia Annual Conference. Dr. Quiñones, associate pastor and lead pastor for the Hispanic ministry, St. Luke United Methodist Church, Columbus, has been affirmed by Methodists Associated to Represent the Cause of Hispanic Americans (MARCHA).
To learn more about all 15 candidates, visit http://www.sejumc.org/2012nominees/.