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  • Writer's pictureLloyd Bruce

#GC43: Day Six (Thursday July 26, 2018)

The 42 General Council in the omnibus motion that was adopted to set us on this journey of restructuring also included these two directives that I’ve heard very little about.

GC42 CR 12 RELATIONSHIP OF STAFF The 42nd General Council direct the General Secretary, General Council to clarify and report to the Executive of the General Council on:
  1. the relationship of the Regional Secretaries and the General Secretary; and

  2. the relationships and accountability of regional staff. GC42 CR 13 EVALUATION That the 42nd General Council direct that the Executive of the General Council define “objectives and ends” for the governance changes adopted and determine measurements for evaluation to be done in time for the 43rd General Council.

Perhaps if I dug through the minutes of

Rasta waiting to go and visit Wendall

the General Council Executive I’d find the work but it seems to me that as the above was included in the same motion as the remits set us on this course that they should have, especially the second one, have received a level of attention at this General Council.

It was a full day.  Business was interspersed with ballots being cast for the next Moderator and after four ballots the Council had discerned that the Rev. Richard Bott would be the one who would serve in that capacity for the next three years.

The rest of the afternoon, aside from eating was spent in discussion groups and I am pleased to say that our discussion group finished our work at 5:45, having discussed all of the proposals.  Our notes, together with the notes from all the other discussion groups went to the Facilitation Team who then ‘suggest a way forward’.

During Decision Sessions the process is this:

  1. The Moderator calls a representative of the Facilitation Team forward who then shares a digest of the Facilitation Teams work: what they heard, the issues at stake, and a motion that is a ‘suggested way forward’.

  2. The Moderator then asks, ‘has the Facilitation Team captured the work of the Discussion Groups?’ and we vote yes or no.  If yes (we’ve not had a no vote at this stage yet).

  3. The Moderator then asks, ‘are you read to move to a vote?  and we vote yes or no.  If yes (we’ve not had a no vote at this stage yet).

  4. The Moderator then asks for a mover and a seconder to the motion as crafted by the Facilitation Team.  Once moved and seconded the motion is then open to amendments.

  5. Eventually the Moderator will call for the questions and we will vote on the motion that serves to take the action requested (or not) as contained within the proposal.


’til tomorrow,


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