May 8 Annual Meeting to Focus on Justice

May 8 Annual Meeting to Focus on Justice

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The Southern New England Conference's Second Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 8, is shaping up to be a dynamic day focused on how our new Conference is living into justice commitments - with lots of chances for folks to build community together even while joining together virtually.

The meeting is being run online in the Whova app, which is designed to mimic a live conference space. Attendees will be able to come and go as needed, attend plenary sessions and breakout sessions, visit a marketplace and join or organize meet-ups. They can also view and connect with other attendees and share photos. The Whova app, which has been used twice for online Super Saturdays, allows delegates to access all aspects of the meeting with just one login link.

Anyone who is new to Whova is encouraged to attend a practice session - seven sessions are planned today through May 7. Get more info and sign up here.

The day will include plenary sessions, each one including both business and worship. The business includes electing a slate of directors and officers, voting on the proposed endorsement of a General Synod resolution on the recognition of the Alliance of Associate Conference Ministers, the presentation of the Conference budget and addresses from the Executive Conference Minister and the Conference president. Video Speakouts will also be included.

A online hearing to discuss the business of the meeting has been scheduled for May 4 at 7:00 PM. Register here.

Worship will take place in five segments throughout the day with the themes: rebirth, repair, restore, redeem and rejoice. A mass choir with more than 50 voices will perform a song written specifically for this meeting by Tom Cuffari, Minister of Music at the United Congregational Church in Bridgeport, CT, Other music spans a wide variety of styles and traditions.

Delegates will have two opportunities to break into community gatherings focused on conversation about how the new Conference can go forward with its mission to Live the Love and Justice of Jesus. They will have a chance to talk about where that work is already being seen in the Conference, and what hopes delegates hold for the future. Executive Conference Minister the Rev. Darrell Goodwin and SNEUCC President Jocelyn Gardner-Spencer will also look at the SNEUCC's justice work during plenary, and the Rev. James Ross - Minister for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - will reflect back to the session what comes out of the community gatherings.

Anyone is invited to attend the meeting, although only clergy and official delegates may cast votes on the business. The registration fee is $25 and the deadline to register is Wednesday, May 5.  Registration and all the details can be found at: sneucc.org/2021AM

 
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