Bonnie Marden, chair of the NEJ Episcopal Committee, leads the presentation on the resolution to change six conference boundaries
Following a presentation led by Bonnie Marden
, chair of the Northeastern Jurisdiction (NEJ) Boundaries Committee
and a member of the New England Annual Conference
delegates approved a resolution that would change the boundaries of six of the 13 annual conferences.Marden
began the presentation of the proposed changes with "heartfelt affirmation" of the work done by the six conferences.
"The leadership in these six conferences has asked us to take a leap of faith," she
said the changes provided growth opportunities and challenges, and that the teams working on the proposal had kept a vision of mission and ministry before them as they moved forward.
"Some people may wonder if this can be ready by 2010," she
said."We do not anticipate that everything will be done, but that the framework will be in place."Joining Marden were representatives from the six conferences involved, including Wyoming District Superintendent Jan Marsi, Western New York's Director of Connectional Ministries Larry Lundgren, a North Central New York youth leader Stephanie Deckard, and Beth Jones, a pastor from the Wilkes-Barre church in Central Pennsylvania.