The Committee on Agenda and Calendar has determined that the General Conference deal with essential business items before considering other petitions. So, this morning the delegates have been debating and voting on parts of the quadrennial budget (2013-2016). Overall, the budget is being reduced.
This has been an interesting morning. In recent years of the Detroit Annual Conference, proposed budgets have passed with little discussion. (I understand that this has not always been the case.) Delegates have offered amendments that would reinstate and fund commissions eliminated in the new structure (Commission on the Role and Status of Women and the Commission on Race Relations) and amendment ts for more accountability when hiring consultants. The amendments were defeated.
The delegation will return to other petitions in the afternoon. I will keep readers posted.