Petition 81286

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Episcopal Area Representation (81286-CO-¶502.4)

Amend ¶502.4 as follows:
  
4.  Delegates to the General Conference shall be elected at the session of the annual conference held in the calendar year preceding the session of the General Conference.  At least thirty days prior to the beginning of that calendar year, the secretary of the General Conference shall notify the bishop and the secretary of each annual conference of the number of delegates to be elected by that annual conference or episcopal area.

Rationale

Increased representation for the central conferences at general conference is good for the church. This petition would make parallel changes to other petitions to provide each episcopal areas with at least two delegates, not each conference, resulting in fairer representation.