Annual Conference office and Womaen’s Caucus co-sponsor webinar ‘From Nomination to Election’

By Anna Lisa Gross

The Church of the Brethren Annual Conference office is co-sponsoring an online workshop with Womaen’s Caucus titled “From Nomination to Election,” on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 8 p.m. (Eastern time).

Have you been nominated for an open position on the Annual Conference ballot? Have you nominated someone? (Or you’re at least thinking about it?) When Womaen’s Caucus learned that half of the people nominated never fill out their Nominee Information Form (and therefore are never considered for the ballot) we grieved all those gifted and faithful individuals who may have interest, may feel called, but found too many barriers. In conversation with representatives of the Nominating Committee, we have discovered that they also would like to better understand what barriers nominees are experiencing. Let’s work and pray together for a healthier and more diverse church!

In this session, you’ll hear from others who have been nominated, get tips on filling out those forms, and generate new ideas for this process. You’ll also find solidarity with others who know putting our hats in the ring can make us feel vulnerable! And we’ll share advice on encouraging others to follow through on Nominee Information Forms, so that our heartfelt nominations of others get to see the light of day.

Credentialed ministers may earn 0.1 continuing education units. Email womaencaucuscob@gmail.com to register.

— Anna Lisa Gross is a pastor from Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren in Fort Wayne, Ind., and an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren.

The Annual Conference ballot is elected each year by the delegate body. The Nominating Committee of the Standing Committee of district delegates prepares the annual ballot through a process in which nominations are received from across the denomination. For more information about the nominations process, for the nomination forms, and a listing of the open positions for election in 2022, go to www.brethren.org/ac/nominations. Photo by Glenn Riegel.

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