This week and next week our column will address some of the business that will be before us at Mission Centre Conference on Sept 10th.
This conference we have an important new motion to consider, which is:
The reason we currently have a delegate conference is that when the mission centre was first created, and all conferences were in-person, it was important to make sure that there was representation from across western Canada no matter where the conference was held.
This representation continues to be very important to our life together as a mission centre. There has been a big change though, since the original bylaws of the mission centre were created, and that was the year we voted to allow for virtual aka online conferences and voting. It's amazing to think about how technology has made it possible for everyone in far-flung corners of our mission centre to join us in our decision making.
As we prepared for this year's conference it became clear that allowing for many voices and perspectives to speak and vote at conference is very important to many people across the mission centre. It emerged that delegate conferences were perhaps limiting participation, especially for "non-resident" members who don't have a local congregation.
So the idea to open up conference voice and vote to more of our members will be before you this year. We are looking forward to the virtual pre-legislative sessions where you can share your thoughts and questions with one another on this topic, as we continue "Growing Together".
Virtual Pre-Legislative Session options:
Yours in Christ,
Gwyn, Kat, and Shannon
community of christ
355 Elmira Road North, Unit 129
Guelph, ON N1K 1S5 Canada
Canada West Mission: 877-411-2632
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