Wednesday, February 22, 2006
PSW Gears Up for Historic Vote
The following email was sent today, February 22 from the PSW office:
A Special Meeting of delegates from the churches of the American Baptist Churches of the Pacific Southwest has been called for April 29, 2006. Delegates will vote on the following question:
Should the American Baptist Churches of the Pacific Southwest withdraw from the Covenant of Relationships and its Agreements with the American Baptist Churches, USA, as recommended by the Board of Directors of the American Baptist Churches of the Pacific Southwest?
In preparation for the Special Meeting on April 29 each church is asked to do the following:
I. As a church body, make a decision on the recommendation for ABCPSW to withdraw from the Covenant of Relationships. Each church is requested to have a church meeting to discuss the recommendation and, in accordance with their bylaws, decide their position on the recommendation.
II. Select delegates to represent their church and vote at the Special Meeting. Letters were mailed to each church on February 1. Questions about the number of authorized delegates for your church must be raised with Debbie Gentry at the Church Resource Center by MARCH 1.
III. Provide instruction or guidance to the delegates on how to vote in order to represent the will of the church on the recommendation to withdraw.
IV. Register the delegates with the Church Resource Center not later than April 13, 2006. Each church is requested to send a list of those selected to be their delegates on the church letterhead signed by the Senior Pastor, the Moderator, or the Church clerk. Only registered delegates will be given ballots at the Special Meeting.
If you did not receive your letter please respond to this email and we will be happy to re-send to you!