Only five of the 32 proposed amendments to the United Methodist Church Constitution were approved by the Indiana Conference votes received 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 two-thirds 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 of these proposed amendments were passed in Indiana with an 82 percent or above approval. No other proposed amendments received more than 52 percent of the vote. None of the Global Nature of the Church proposed amendments received a two-thirds majority vote in Indiana. A complete tally and short description is available here.
All constitutional amendments must be approved by a two-thirds vote of the total number of voting members of all conferences worldwide. The Council of Bishops is expected to announce the results during its spring meeting.