I shouldn't start that way. That's the tired exhaustion of a very long day. I should start with the absolute excitement that our conference, today, on our 12th and final ballot, elected three young adult clergy persons as delegates to jurisdictional conference (and therefore as GC alternates) and has also elected two young adult laity as jurisdictional conference delegates and 1 youth and 1 young adult laity as general conference delegates.
Yes, I'm harping on the young adults. There aren't so many of us and we are the future of this church. We are the ones who are going to have to figure out a way to be disciples of Jesus Christ in the next 10 - 20 years. And we are ready and willing and able to start figuring this stuff out right now.
For three days now, we have gone through ballots. The laity had a much easier time of it, but with 42 clergy delegates and 7 spots, the journey was a bit slower for us clergy folk.
At one point, a motion was made to eliminate any nominee who had less than 40 votes (will roughly 450 clergy voting, roughly 225 votes were needed for election). Little by little, our options got fewer and fewer, solidifying our vote.
As a nominee, it was a very strange experience.
I think I might have run for one elected position ever in high school. I don't think I won. I was the president of the Religious Life Council at Simpson, but I can't remember if that was a peer-elected sort of thing or not.
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Congratulations to everyone who was elected!!!