We want to keep you updated about what is happening with the Governing Board, so we are sending you this summary. If you have questions, let us know.
On November 5th, the Governing Board meeting was opened in prayer by Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson who asked us to name one thing that we were thankful for. For nations north of the equator, the past few months have been a time of harvest. Many nations celebrate a time of thanksgiving for the harvest; Canada, China, Germany, Grenada, Japan, Norfolk Island, South Korea, Liberia, Vietnam and the United States. We wish all these nations blessed celebrations. The Governing Board gives thanks for our churches around the world and their ongoing support of their communities and our denomination.
We also offered thanksgiving for our Transgender communities and raise our voices together to call for an end of persecution and violence against the Transgender community, particularly Transwomen of colour.
After the opening prayer, we moved into our consent agenda items. These are items which are on every agenda and we receive the reports prior to the meeting including the previous meeting minutes and the Moderator’s report.
We spent time reviewing the staffing changes and had a motion of appreciation for the amazing work done by Linda Brenner, Kathy Cassoday, Jack Hutter, Jared Vázquez and Rev. Elder Mona West during their tenures as MCC staff. Additionally, work will continue on a Human Resources Manual.
The Governing Board considered dates for webinars in the new year. The first webinar, which will be in English, will take place on 28 January 2020 from 5:00 – 6:30 PM ET (22:00 UTC). The second webinar, which will be in English and Portuguese, will take place on 30 January 2020 from 5:00 – 6:30 PM ET (22:00 UTC). . If you have questions for the Governing Board, please submit them to [email protected].
Clare Coughlin closed the meeting in prayer.
We continue to be filled with gratitude for our staff and the grace-filled way they are handling the transitions. We ask for your patience over the next while as a call for applications to fill the newly created and reworked positions goes out.
Respectfully Submitted By,
Rev. Elder Diane Fisher, Clerk on behalf of the Governing Board
Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston, Moderator
Mark Godette, Vice-Chair
Chad Hobbs, Treasurer
Rev. Marie Alford-Harkey
Rev. Alberto Najera
Rev. Paul Whiting