Throughout October 2004, United Brethren members in the United States voted on these matters:Next
- Electing clergy and lay delegates to the 2005 national Conference.
- Voting “yes” or “no” on three referendum items, including the referendum to unite the UB churches in the United States with the Missionary Church USA.
The voting ended on October 31. Here are the next steps in the timeline, as stated in chapter 33 of the UB Discipline:
- November 15. The results from each church must be sent to the conference board of tellers, postmarked no later than November 15.
- December 1. The conference board of tellers will tally the results from the various churches, producing conference totals. Persons elected as delegates must be notified by December 1.
- December 15. The conference results must be sent, by December 15, to these persons: Bishop Paul Hirschy, the superintendent(s) of that conference, and each senior pastor in the conference.
- February 15. The bishop will publish the results of the election by this date. It allows time for any appeals or recounts.
Most likely, the results of the voting will be announced in late December. The results will be announced in the same way they were published in 1993, the last time we had a referendum. The referendum results from each conference will be posted, with three pieces of information for each referendum: the number of Yes votes, the number of No votes, and the percentage of Yes votes. The names of the delegates elected from each conference will also be posted.
If a referendum receives a simple majority of all votes cast in the United States churches, it can be passed along to the National Conference in 2005. The 65 delegates to the National Conference can, with a two-thirds vote, make a referendum official.
Information about the voting, as well as other information related to the 2005 US National Conference, can be found at this address.