MINUTES of the 172nd Regional Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in North Carolina
June 6, 2020
Via Video Conference
The business session began at 10:00 a.m.
Opening Prayer by Bishop Valerie Melvin
Purpose of Gathering Virtually: Rev. Karen Kelly, Regional Board Secretary
As a result of the state and national restrictions on mass gatherings due to the coronavirus, the Regional Board had a special called meeting via video conference on April 8, 2020 and approved the cancelation of the planned weekend Regional Assembly in April.
Because some business of the Region must be conducted, the Regional Board approved this virtual gathering for a shortened business session of the Regional Assembly.
Moderator’s Opening Remarks and Call to Order
The moderator opened with a brief welcome and thanksgiving to executive committee, and Rev. Dr. Laura Johnson as chair of COM. District court Judge Darrell Cayton was recognized as parliamentarian.
The moderator gave a brief progress report of her tenure in office including the establishment of the Regional Elders program, establishment of the Design review committee, continued financial progress, and review of churches listed in the YearBook. Delegates were reminded that there are no other items of business except as presented, and that discussion and question opportunities had already been provided for during a scheduled question and answer session with the executive committee.
Presentation of Business Items
The Moderator read the two Resolutions on the Business Session Agenda, the recommendation for election of Commission on Ministry nominees, and the election of Regional Officers.
A vote from the delegates was taken by poll and a voice roll call of 6 members who had phoned in was taken.
With 81% voting the tally was recorded by the Secretary:
Business Item 1: Passed. 71 yes; 5 no; 2 abstentions
Business Item 2: Passed. 78 yes; 5 no.
Business Item 3: Passed. 78 yes
Business Item 4: Passed 78 yes
The Region is working on a plan to re-open Camp Caroline for small groups and families by the end of the month.
It is our hope to have a physical meeting in the fall of the year to conduct additional Regional Assembly business.
Installation of officers:
Bishop Melvin installed the following officers to their respective terms:
Horace Williams: Moderator, 2020-2022
Skipper McLawhorn: Moderator Elect, 2020-2022
Kathy Smith: Treasurer, 2020
Karen Kelly: Secretary
Motion by Skipper McLawhorn (2nd by Horace Williams) to adjourn the meeting. Meeting adjourned at 10:46 a.m.
Prayer of Gratitude and Sending Forth: Bishop Melvin Respectfully
Submitted, Rev. Karen Kelly Recording Secretary
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