2016 Jurisdictional Conference
Welcome to the 2016 Southeastern Jurisdiction Conference web site. Our 2016 Conference theme is Hope and Unity in Christ, based on Hebrews 6:18-19a. Our beautiful logo was designed for us by Kathy Williams, graphic designer in the Kentucky Conference. We pray that each person will come in a spirit of Hope, seeking Unity through our Lord Jesus Christ as we make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center
Lake Junaluska, NC
View photos from the 2016 SEJ Conference here.
Sharma Lewis, episcopal nominee from the North Georgia Conference, is the first bishop to be elected at the 2016 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference.
David Graves, episcopal nominee from the Holston Conference, is the second bishop to be elected at the 2016 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference.
Leonard Fairley, episcopal nominee from the North Carolina Conference, is the third bishop to be elected at the 2016 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference.
Lawson Bryan, episcopal nominee from the Alabama-West Florida Conference, is the fourth bishop to be elected at the 2016 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference.
Sue Haupert-Johnson, episcopal nominee from the Florida Conference, is the fifth and last bishop to be elected at the 2016 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference.
Click here to read the SEJ Missional Initiative from the College of Bishops
Click here to read the opening statement to SEJ Conference
from Bishop Holston
A Pastoral Letter from the Southeastern Jurisdictional College of Bishops to the United Methodists in the Southeastern Jurisdiction
Important Documents and Links Related to SEJ Conference
The Advance Daily Christian Advocate (ADCA) (updated 7/1/16) is now available. Please download this document to your preferred device or bring it with you in printed format. No printed copies of the ADCA will be published or mailed prior to SEJ Conference 2016, nor will copies be available at the site of the Conference. Note: Because of electronic voting technology, WiFi will be turned off during business sessions; therefore, accessing the ADCA online will not be possible. Therefore, downloading or printing the document for reference will be essential.
The registration process is described here (and on page 2 of the ADCA). Please NOTE: If you desire to attend the 2016 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference as a visitor and you are not a delegate, there is no registration.
A map of the Lake Junaluska area and walking trails is provided. A parking map for Lake Junaluska is also provided.
The travel voucher for delegates to use to submit expenses following SEJ Conference is available here. Delegation heads will be provided additional information about submitting these vouchers during SEJ Conference.
The draft schedule (updated 7/1/16) is now available. The introduction of SEJ episcopal nominees will begin in Stuart Auditorium on Tuesday, July 12, at 10:30 a.m. Delegation round robin discussions with the nominees will continue on Tuesday, July 12, at 1:45 p.m. in Shackford Hall and the Children's Building. The Jurisdictional Conference will officially open on Wednesday, July 13, at 9:00 a.m. in Stuart Auditorium.
SEJ Episcopal Nominee Information
Click this link for information related to persons nominated by their respective delegations or other bodies to be a part of the episcopal election process. Responses to the questionnaire developed by the SEJ Committee on Episcopacy are found on this page, along with biographical information and links to nominees' web sites. Videos from presentations made by episcopal nominees during General Conference are available on this page, as well. This page continues to be updated as information is received.
This year, we used a process developed by Lake Junaluska for housing reservations. This process is different than the process used in 2012. The link by which to register for onsite housing is now closed. Lake Junaluska has assigned all housing from among all those who registered on the web link.
If you failed to register using the link during the open process, you may call Lake Junaluska Reservations at 1-800-222-4930 and ask to be placed on a waiting list for housing for 2016 SEJ Conference. You may also seek other lodging at haywoodchamber.com/sample-page/lodging
Also, please note that Lake Junaluska Property Rentals reports (as of May 20, 2016) that they have plenty of rental cottages and houses available for the week of SEJ Conference. If you are interested in renting a house or cottage, please contact them directly:
800-222-4930 ext. 2
Childcare information is also now available. Complete the form and mail it as indicated directly to Lake Junaluska Program Ministries Office. The deadline to register for childcare is June 15, 2016.
Cokesbury at 2016 SEJ Conference
During the 2016 SEJ Conference, Cokesbury Bookstore will have a location in the Harrell Center Auditorium on the Lake side of the Auditorium. The location will be staffed by Cokesbury Community Resource Consultants, who will be on hand to assist with orders and any other needs. The display will feature current popular books and resources for on-site purchase, as well as previews of new offerings like the CEB Women's Bible and an array of titles for review -- all of which will be available for orders that will be sent directly to your home or office at a 40% discount and free shipping! Be sure to stop by Harrell Center Auditorium on the Lake side to see what Cokesbury has to offer.
Job Descriptions for SEJ Conference
Delegation Page job descriptions, click here.
Ballot Teller job descriptions, click here.
SEJ Pre-General Conference Legislative Event
A pre-General Conference Legislative Event was held on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at Andrew Price Memorial UMC, 2846 Lebanon Pike, Nashville, TN 37214. The event began at 8:30 a.m. and concluded at 3:15 p.m.
In the morning we heard from each of the General Agencies about proposed legislation. Following lunch, we had a brief report on the pending General Board of Global Ministries move to Atlanta, GA, followed by information from the SEJ Committee on Episcopacy about the episcopal election process at Jurisdictional Conference. We then divided into Legislative Committee groups for further discussion around proposed legislation.