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2012 Annual Conference

The 2012 session of the Virginia Annual Conference will be held in Roanoke, Va., Friday, June 22 to Sunday, June 24. Laity and Clergy sessions will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday.  First plenary session begins at 3 p.m.  Ending time should be around noon on Sunday. 

Annual Conference preview: A lot will be packed into a short time

The 2012 Virginia Annual Conference session, scheduled for June 22-24 in Roanoke, will be noteworthy for its brevity. The compressed three-day Friday afternoon to Sunday morning schedule will mean fewer speakers; many items will be limited to what’s in the Book of Reports. It also means less time for the banquets and meetings that normally accompany conference.
 The theme for the 230th Session of the Annual Conference will be “You Are the Seeds.”
 It also will be the last Annual Conference to be presided over by Bishop Charlene Kammerer, who is retiring this summer. The schedule will include a brief time for honoring the bishop and her family.
 Other agenda highlights will include the official election of an episcopal nominee from the Virginia Conference, a report on the 2012 General Conference, information about the conference’s response to the Vital Congregations project with opportunities for response by congregations, the Annual Conference offering. The Service for the Ordering of Ministry, the Service of Remembrance and the honoring of this year’s class of retiring clergy also will be included as always. And conference will again be the collection point for United Methodist Committee on Relief kits.
 Because of the tighter schedule, the conference Rules Committee is working on a “Consent Calendar” concept, where many “non-controversial” items of business will be voted on as a package without discussion. A vote will be required to lift an item from the Consent Calendar to debate it and vote on it separately.
 Jim Bennett, last year’s music director, will again lead the musicians. Speakers for Annual Conference have not been announced by Bishop Kammerer, although she has said they will all be from within the Virginia Conference.
 In other news at the recent meeting of the Annual Conference Planning Committee, director of Connectional Ministries Marc Brown reported that the Site Selection Committee has had conversations with officials in Richmond about hosting the conference in 2018 and beyond and will bring that information before the Annual Conference this year. “There has been a lot of pro-Richmond feedback,” Brown said, “so our meeting planner (Kirk McNeill) has been meeting with people at the Richmond Convention and Visitors Bureau and the hotels around the Coliseum.”
 Brown also said that electronic voting machines may be used when the next election year rolls around in 2015.
 Recipients of the Annual Conference offering this year will be Initiatives of Hope partners Brazil and Mozambique and the new partner, the Methodist Church in Cambodia, along with Richmond District’s Shalom Farms project.

 

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