Five of the 32 proposed amendments to the United Methodist Church Constitution were approved by the Indiana Conference votes received this past Friday, June 26, at Muncie. A total of 1,257 ballots were cast, according to Conference Secretary Carolyn Johnson. All of the votes will be added to the individual votes from all the annual conferences.
Those receiving the required 2/3 or above votes in Indiana included proposed amendments:
|II.||Conflict of Interest – 1071 affirmative votes|
|VIII.||Gender – 1113 affirmative votes|
|IX.||Jurisdictional Conference Membership – 1040 affirmative votes|
|XIX.||Voting Eligibility – 1087 affirmative votes|
|XXII.||Bermuda – 1127 affirmative votes|
All constitutional amendments must be approved by a two-thirds vote of the total number of voting members of all annual conferences worldwide. The Council of Bishops is expected to announce the results during its 2010 spring meeting.