Deliver the 2016 Laity Address at Annual Conference

2015 Laity Address
Janet O'Neil was selected to deliver the Laity Address at last year's session.

February 29, 2016

The Conference Board of Laity is pleased to invite all laypersons of the New England Conference to participate in a challenge to deliver the Laity Address at the 2016 Annual Conference session.

The address will be delivered on Thursday, June 16, in Manchester, NH. It is not necessary to be a lay member of Annual Conference to participate in the challenge. 

The 2016 Annual Conference theme is “Planting Seeds of Trust,” and the laity address must be on that theme. The Scripture is John 13:34: "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another." (NRSV).

The address should be 15-20 minutes long. Entrants must submit a written copy of their entire proposed address along with a video of themselves delivering the first five minutes of the address. The deadline to submit your proposed address and video is May 4.  

For more information on how to submit your entry or to ask any questions about entering the challenge, please email Conference Lay Leader Rene Wilbur at   

Unsure how to make a good video?

You don't need a production studio or a professional videographer to create a successful entry to the Laity Address Challenge. You can use a simple flip video camera, a tablet or even your smartphone.

Here are some simple tips for making a good video from Business Insider: 

Steady does it: A flip camera, tablet or even a smart phone will work. If someone else is filming you, the person behind the camera should have steady hands, put the device on a table or counter or use a tripod. 

Listen up: Pay attention to the audio. Whether it's wind blowing into the microphone or too much background noise, bad audio can ruin a good video. If your camera has a headphone jack, plug in and do some sound checks. Make sure you can clearly hear what you want your audience to hear. 

Let there be light (in the right place): Never shoot with a window in the background. The camera, other people and objects can reflect off the glass, making for an awkward video. Light coming through a window from behind your subject can also make the person look like they have a shadow cast over them. Lighting doesn't have to be perfect. Just make sure your subject isn't backlit or so bright that they're reflecting light back to the camera.