Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
The Council of Bishops has announced the results of voting by annual conferences on 5 Constitutional Amendments adopted by the 2016 General Conference. 2/3 of the lay and clergy members voting are required for ratification. Amendments I and II related to gender equality did not receive the required number of voters. Amendments III, IV and V did.
Yes 387 – No 169
Yes 372 – No 184
Yes 527 – No 29
Yes 540 – No 14
Yes 487 – No 64
Please read the Press Release with Attachments from the Council of Bishops that includes vote totals, as well as statements from the Council of Bishops and women bishops.
I want to reiterate my full commitment to equality of women in all aspects of our common and church’s life. We have a long way to go in this work. It’s not just an issue for women; it’s an issue for every single one of us. I will walk with you, hold you in my prayers and would welcome conversation at any time.
Grace and peace,
Bishop Gary Mueller