On Saturday, the conference body heard from the Resolutions Committee about the three resolutions printed in the conference workbook, and one resolution presented from the floor. Documentation of the final Resolutions will be available at nccumc.org/ac2017 when made available.
The first addressed climate change and urges a number of actions including reduction of CO2 emissions, calls on the U.S. government to support the Paris Climate Accords, urges adoption of a comprehensive energy and land use policy, and urges congregations to adopt conservation programs. After parties spoke for and against the proposed resolution, the question was called, and the resolution was adopted.
The second resolution called for the NC Annual Conference to contact members of Congress to appropriate the full request of $929 million requested by the state for Hurricane Matthew relief. It was adopted without discussion.
The third resolution called for improved road conditions in Johnston County, and was inspired by the death of a youth in the conference. The resolution was submitted for consideration by the 65th Annual Conference Session (ACS) of the United Methodist Youth of the North Carolina Conference. This resolution was amended to broaden both the scope and the distribution of the resolution to include all 100 counties in NC, and the amended resolution was adopted.
A resolution submitted from the floor involved NC Senate Bill 594, which proposed a reorganization of the NC Department of Social Services which could impact “addressing the needs of children, elderly and the poor.” Printed copies of the resolution were distributed on the conference floor. Two friendly amendments to the resolution were accepted, and the amended resolution was adopted.