Monday, April 30, 2012

Monday Morning in the Plenary Session

This morning the delegates voted down a petition to create a position for a non-resident bishop who would give full time to running the Council of Bishops. Some feared that the change would creat a "bishop for the bishops" or some type of pope. The Council of Bishops wanted the non-resident bishop, but their arguments did not persuade the body. 

The rest of the morning was spent electing people to the Judicial Council (like the Supreme Court of the UMC) and to the University Senate (the body that watches over all UMC higher Ed schools and seminaries)

Electronic key pads are used for voting. It took nearly 1/2 hour for everyone to figure out how to use them. They practiced by electing apostles. Peter was elected. 

As we near lunch break, a motion has been made to place term limits on bishops. 

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