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Membership of the General Council of Administration (80376-FA-¶805.1)

Amend ¶ No. 805.1     
1. Membership—a) The voting members of the council shall be elected quadrennially by the General Conference and shall consist of forty persons nominated as follows:
(1) four bishops including one from a central conference, nominated by the Council of Bishops;
(2) thirty persons from the jurisdictions, nominated by the College of Bishops in each jurisdiction based upon an allocation by the secretary of the General Conference so as to insure that membership of the council reflects the proportionate membership of the jurisdictions based upon the combined clergy and lay membership, at least one of whom shall be a young person between the ages of twelve and seventeen, and at least one of whom shall not be over thirty years of age at the time of election;
(3) six members at large, at least one of whom shall be a young person between the ages of twelve and seventeen, one member from Africa, one from Europe, one from the Philippines, and at least one of whom shall not be over thirty years of age at the time of election, and most of whom shall be elected for special skills. After the above-mentioned election of central conference members, the remaining members at large shall be nominated by the Council of Bishops based upon an allocation by the secretary of the General Conference so as to insure, to the extent possible, that membership of the Council reflects the proportionate membership of the jurisdictions based upon the combined clergy and lay membership insuring diversity as otherwise provided in The Book of Discipline (¶ 705.5b). This petition shall become effective upon passage by the General Conference members.
b) It is recommended that attention be given to ensuring adequate representation of racial and ethnic groups, with at least two of the at-large members to be racial and ethnic persons. It is further recommended that in the membership from each of the jurisdictions and the at-large members, one-third be clergy in full connection, one-third be laymen, and one-third be laywomen.18

Rationale

The language adopted by the 2004 General Conference that required two of the at-large members be a youth and a young adult limits the ability to get the diversity of skills that may be needed by the Council.  By placing this requirement among the jurisdictional members, the Council can have...