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April 11, 2014

RS - 110 - AUTHORIZE PARTICIPATION OF CLERGY WHO ARE LESS THAN FULL-TIME BUT HALF-TIME OR GREATER TO PARTICIPATE IN CRSP

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(Submitted by the Board of Pensions and Health Benefits)      WHEREAS, it has been the practice in the past of the New England Annual Conference to enroll all clergy, including those who serve less than full-time, in the Clergy Retirement Security Program (CRSP) or its predecessor pension programs and;      WHEREAS, legislative changes at the 2012 Quadrennial General Conference no longer will allow clergy who serve less than 50% time to participate in the CRSP program, and those who serve less ...


April 11, 2014

RS - 113 - UNIT INSURANCE PLAN

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(Submitted by the Insurance Committee of the New England Conference Board of Trustees) The Insurance Committee of the New England Conference Board of Trustees moves that: The New England Annual Conference continue in a Unit Insurance Plan to provide comprehensive property, liability, crime and worker’s compensation insurance coverage for all New England Conference local church owned/operated locations, including church sponsored Day Care programs, and for all Conference owned/operated ...


April 11, 2014

RS - 118 - APPORTIONMENT FORMULA

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(Submitted by Council on Finance and Administration)      The 2015 Mission Shares be calculated by multiplying the total amount of the apportioned budget by the APPORTIONMENT FACTOR for each UM church.The APPORTIONMENT FACTOR shall be calculated by:      Averaging the following three amounts: The amount reported on the 2013 Statistical Tables, Lines 51 – 62 less the amount of the cost of “outside groups use of building” reported on the Chart A data gathering form, of the local church divided ...


April 11, 2014

RS - 201 - DESIGNATION OF FUNDS TO PROMOTE THE ACCEPTANCE OF HOMOSEXUALITY

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(Submitted by Kevin Nelson, et al)      WHEREAS, ¶ 613.19 of the 2012 Book of Discipline directs the Conference Council on Finance and Administration “To ensure that no annual conference board, agency, committee, commission, or council shall give United Methodist funds to any gay caucus or group, or otherwise use such funds to promote the acceptance of homosexuality…”; and      WHEREAS, the New England Annual Conference (NEAC) believes that the unjust laws and policies of The UMC, exemplified ...


April 11, 2014

RS - 202 - ECCLESIAL DISOBEDIENCE, THE MORAL IMPERATIVE TO BREAK UNJUST CHURCH LAWS, AND CHURCH TRIALS

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(Submitted by Kevin Nelson, et al)      WHEREAS, the NEAC recognizes that its members are not of one mind regarding God’s will in relation to relationships between persons of the same gender, and we desire to respect that there are those among us who believe that relationships between persons of the same gender are against the will of God, and we do not wish to force such members to take their own individual actions that violate their conscience; and,      WHEREAS, we ask that reciprocal respect...


April 11, 2014

RS - 203 (Substitute) - AN ACTION OF FAITHFUL STEWARDSHIP

Communications Department

Whereas, the New England Annual Conference has at various times expressed its' disagreement with the United Methodist Discipline on matters of the ordination of gay clergy and marriage of same gender couples;   Be it Resolved; That the Treasurer of the New England Annual Conference shall advise and consult with the Conference Council on Ministries and the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry before paying expenses from Conference funds for trial costs related to these two concerns.    ...


April 11, 2014

RS - 206 - AMENDMENT TO RULES OF ORDER, Article V C

Communications Department

(Submitted by Paul Hudson, Chair of the Committee on Rules) Amend Rules of Order,  Article V C. [page 4, ROO] by addition of underlined items:       C. Agenda. Subject to amendment by the Conference, the Agenda Committee, working in conjunction with the Conference President, shall be responsible for preparing the official agenda for the Annual Conference and for adjusting the agenda during the Annual Conference to make the best use of available time. The Agenda Committee shall be made up of the ...


April 11, 2014

RS - 210 - AMENDMENTS - BY-LAWS, Methodist Conference Home, Inc. Rockland, Maine 04841

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(Submitted by Lee Karker, Executive Director) Amend Sections 1 and 3 of ARTICLE IV - BOARD OF DIRECTORS. Section 1.  Number and Qualifications:  The affairs of the Corporation shall be governed by a Board of Directors composed of seventeen (17) fifteen (15) persons.  Except as otherwise required by law, the Directors need not be elected from among the membership of the Corporation and need not be residents of the State of Maine. The Directors shall be broadly representative of the community ...


April 11, 2014

RS- 111 - APPROVAL OF COMPREHENSIVE BENEFIT FUNDING PLAN

Communications Department

(Submitted by the Conference Board of Pensions and Health Benefits)      WHEREAS, John Wesley’s statement “Having, First, gained all you can, and, Secondly saved all you can, Then give all you can” teaches us that fiduciary responsibility can help us further God’s work here on Earth; and      WHEREAS, the General Board of Pensions and Health Benefits is now required to have and approve a Comprehensive Benefits Funding Plan from all Annual Conferences for its Pension, Health Insurance, ...


April 10, 2014

RS - 101 - MINIMUM CASH SALARY

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(Submitted by David Nicol, Chair of the Commission on Equitable Compensation) Each pastor appointed full-time to a pastoral charge must receive base cash compensation equal to the Minimum Base Cash Salary schedule that is voted on by the Annual Conference.  Each pastor who is appointed less than full-time to a pastoral charge is eligible to receive cash compensation at least in proportion to that schedule (2012 Discipline, ¶ 342). The Minimum compensation amount and guidelines shall be ...


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