Presentation on theme: "General Assembly Commissioner Training Cliff Creel, Stated Clerk Presbytery of Northern New England."— Presentation transcript:
General Assembly Commissioner Training Cliff Creel, Stated Clerk Presbytery of Northern New England
Registration Travel arrangements Hotel assignment / roommate Packing Dress casual and comfortably – lot of walking Plenary may be cool – bring sweater or light jacket Umbrella may be useful Cell phone – we will communicate by cell phone. 2 Preliminaries Presbytery of Northern New England
You MUST have a laptop / tablet computer. You may use your own or GA will provide you with one (if you are a commissioner). GA is now paperless. PC-BIZ is used to view all documents. 3 Computer Presbytery of Northern New England
Arrival at Airport 4 COLA = Committee On Local Arrangements – they are volunteers from the hosting presbytery and will be wearing T-shirts of a certain color that usually stands out. You will be directed to buses that will take you to your hotel (should be no charge). Look for COLA volunteers Presbytery of Northern New England
5 Detroit Area Map
Presbytery of Northern New England6 Detroit Area
After checking into your hotel, go to the convention center to register for the GA. A packet should be waiting for you. You will need a photo ID. You will get a name badge that you must wear at all times when in the convention center. You should also get tickets for any special meals or events you paid for (and maybe a tote bag). 7 Registration Presbytery of Northern New England
Name Badge 8 Blue – Commissioners Navy – Advisory delegates Red – Staff of OGA, GAMC, BOP, etc. Grey - Elected members COGA, GAMC, BOP, etc. Black – Presbytery & Synod Stated Clerks and staff Orange – COLA Brown vinyl – Observers Orange vinyl – Exhibitors Green vinyl - Press MUST wear in convention center area. REMOVE outside convention center area – otherwise can be an easy target for thieves, etc. – marks you as an out-of- towner. Presbytery of Northern New England
Opening Worship 11Presbytery of Northern New England
Committee Work Presbytery of Northern New England12 You are randomly assigned to a committee. You will spend most of 3 days in committee. YAAD can vote in committee, but not in plenary. May work as quasi committee of the whole.
Committees 13Presbytery of Northern New England Overtures are debated, amended and a recommendation voted. Overture advocates will speak to the overtures before your committee. Some may speak against. In committee and plenary you vote as guided by the Holy Spirit.
Plenary Presbytery of Northern New England14 All 800+ commissioners debate and vote together. Vote on the recommendation of the committee. If the committee recommends against an overture, Then voting YES is a vote against the overture. If recommendation fails, then vote on overture.
Plenary 15Presbytery of Northern New England You must go to a floor microphone to speak or make a motion. Stated Clerk & RP has assigned seating outside, but near the commissioner area.
Plenary 16 Voting may be by: Voice Hand Electronic Parliamentarians are at floor mics to help if needed. Colored signs used to signify why you are standing. Presbytery of Northern New England
Electronic Voting 17Presbytery of Northern New England
18 Moderator’s Reception Presbytery of Northern New England
The Committee and Plenary meetings are conducted by Robert’s Rules. The will of the majority shall prevail. The rights of the minority are protected. Protection of the rights of the individual. Protection against instability. All actions subservient to the PCUSA Constitution & GA Manual. Presbytery of Northern New England19 Robert’s Rules
Motion: “I move that …” state succinctly what, when, how, who and how much it will cost. Do not normally state why. You must gain the floor to make a motion. Second: Any commissioner can second without getting the floor. If coming from committee, it doesn’t need a second. Most motions just need simple majority to pass – that’s more than half of those present and voting. Motions that affect the rights of the minority require a supermajority. 20 Robert’s Rules Presbytery of Northern New England
Only two degrees of amendment allowed. Must be germane. Insert or add contiguous words or a paragraph. Strike out contiguous words or a paragraph. Strike out and insert (must be germane unless unanimous consent) In same place: words must be related In different place: words must not be materially different Presbytery of Northern New England21 Amend
May apply to paragraph, section or complete motion (usually seen applied to complete motion). Moved to substitute motion S for the main motion M. 1. Ask for any amendments to M (perfecting M) 2. Ask for any amendments to S (perfecting S) 3. Vote: Shall the substitute motion become the main motion? 4. Yes: Discussion on new main motion. (No further amendments allowed except by adding something that does not modify existing content. 5. Vote on main motion. No: Original main motion survives and can be further discussed and amended. Presbytery of Northern New England22 Substitute Motion
Previous Question – Stop debate and vote, requires 2/3 vote. Reconsider - can only be moved by someone who voted on the prevailing side. Must be made on the same or next day of the vote. Limit Debate – motions to limit the time each person can speak or the total time, requires 2/3 vote. 23 Robert’s Rules Presbytery of Northern New England
Rescind – to undo an action (2/3 vote or previous notice). Lay on Table – no time associated, cannot use to kill. Postpone Definitely – delay to a specific time. Point of Order – you believe a mistake was made. Request for Information – you have a question – do not use this for debate. Appeal – you believe the moderator erred in a ruling. Amend Something Previously Adopted (2/3 vote or previous notice). 24 Robert’s Rules Presbytery of Northern New England
Any 2 commissioners (different presbyteries) may propose an item of new business. No commissioner may sign more than 2 resolutions. It may not deal with business that requires amendment or interpretation of the Constitution. It may not deal with business already before the Assembly nor whose purpose can be achieved by the regular process of amendment and debate. If the resolution deals with substantially the same issue considered by one of the two previous GA’s, it may be rejected. 25 Commissioner Resolutions Presbytery of Northern New England
GA Office located somewhere – you may have to ask where. Go there if you have problems. File Commissioner resolutions. Register your cell phone number for overture advocate. Presbytery of Northern New England26 GA Office
Same Sex Marriage Ordination Standards (G b) Mid-Council Report (restructure of synods) Middle East Issues / Divestment Belhar Catechism New Directory for Worship 27 Hot Issues Presbytery of Northern New England
Learn to use PC-Biz proficiently. Be familiar with GA Manual (in PC-Biz). Study ALL overtures and reports. Study in depth all overtures and reports assigned to your committee. Be rested and prepared for hard work. 28 Preparation Presbytery of Northern New England
We will communicate by cell phone. Be sure Cliff has the cell phone number you will have at GA. The directory you will receive at registration will show where everyone will be seated. ONLY commissioners are allowed in the commissioner area. So, you will have to come to us or call us – we can’t go to you. If anyone has to leave early, becomes ill or has to be away from committee / pleanary for any reason, let Cliff know. 29 Communications Presbytery of Northern New England
Remember…. Commissioners will be expected to give a report to Presbytery at the September meeting. You should each plan to speak for about 5 to 10 minutes about your overall experience and your specific committee work. Coordinate with each other about the overall talk. 30 Report to Presbytery Presbytery of Northern New England