Secretary Gerald Seelig announced the GCE ballot results, which follow:
Approve the 2017/2018 Strategic Plan: Yes 241; No 16— Passed
Approve the 2017/2018 Operation Plan: Yes 235; No 21— Passed
Approve the 2017/2018 Budget: Yes 235; No 21— Passed
Approve the proposed amendment to Constitution Section 5.1.1(1)—amendment to the governing documents: 140 Yes; 115 No— Failed
This amendment did not even come close to the 225 votes needed to pass and was an exercise in sleight of hand or distraction, from the fact that they have been, are and will continue to change doctrine through clarifications, interpretations and spin of the official beliefs, while deceiving people who are relying on that list into thinking that nothing is changing. See the previous post on “Grace” in UCG [which features sermons from UCG].
Approve the Proposed Revisions to the Rules of Association: 221 Yes; 23 No— Passed
Council of Elders Seats
Rainer Salomaa (international)
Dan Dowd replaces Bill Bradford
Scott Ashley is currently doing well in UCG, presently teaching the Epistles of Paul at ABC and is now on the CoE Education Committee, as well as gaining power and influence on the CoE .
Dave Dowd who has worked with Scott for years in UCG publishing, is in line to succeed Scott as UCG Publishing Director if the need should arise.
Council of Elders Meeting Report – May 9 – 11, 2017
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Council of Elders Quarterly Meeting Report
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Chairman Don Ward called the morning session to order at 9:05 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, and the meeting was opened with prayer. All twelve Council of Elders (Council) members were present.
Dr. Ward welcomed everyone. The last Council meeting minutes were approved from the February/March meetings. The agenda for this week’s meeting was also approved.
Review Input on the 2017 General Conference of Elder’s Meeting
Chairman Ward led discussions on input from this past week’s GCE meetings. Many positive remarks were made about the meetings and also ways for improvement. Also an online questionnaire was sent out to the elders to get input to help with the planning for next year. Charles Melear and his wife, Jacque, were thanked along with all the home office employees that do so much to prepare, organize and serve throughout the weekend.
There was discussion about the location for next year’s GCE meeting between the Marriott at the Cincinnati airport and the Holiday Inn Eastgate. After discussion, the Council decided that the convenience and restaurant options that the Holiday Inn Eastgate offers would be the best option for next year.
The dates for the 2018 GCE meeting are May 6-7.
The Council went into scheduled executive session at 10:30 a.m.
The Council went into open session at 6:10 p.m.
Honoring outgoing Council Members
Mementoes of appreciation were presented to the two outgoing members of the Council and their wives.
Bill and Jenny Bradford
Robin and Susan Webber
Chairman Ward expressed the Council’s appreciation for the services they had rendered, which was followed by personal comments by each of those receiving the honors.
The Council adjourned at 6:26 p.m.
The Council had a retreat on May 10 and May 11.
Thursday May 11, 2017
The 2016-2017 Council adjourned at 11a.m.
The newly seated Council for 2017-2018 convened on Thursday at 11a.m.
Chairman Ward led the discussion going through populating the committees of the Council and selecting their respective chairs.
The following are the updated committees and their chairmen:
- Doctrine Committee: Jorge de Campos, Dan Dowd, John Elliott (chair), Mark Mickelson and Mario Seiglie.
- Education Committee: Scott Ashley, Aaron Dean (chair), Mark Mickelson, Rainer Salomaa and Tony Wasilkoff.
- Ethics Committee: Bob Dick, John Elliott, Mark Mickelson, Mario Seiglie (chair) and Tony Wasilkoff.
- Executive Committee: Scott Ashley, Aaron Dean, John Elliott and Don Ward (chair).
- Media and Communications Committee: Scott Ashley (chair), Jorge de Campos, Rex Sexton and Tony Wasilkoff.
- Roles and Rules Committee: Jorge de Campos, Dan Dowd, Rainer Salomaa (chair) and Rex Sexton.
- Strategic Planning and Finance Committee: Aaron Dean, Bob Dick (chair), Dan Dowd and Rex Sexton.
The Council adjourned at 12:49 p.m.
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