Remember the following…
- This year’s deadline for submitting resolution is May 16, 2017.
- Each person or organization may only submit one resolution.
- The purpose of a resolution is to take a stance on an issue or to make a public statement. If your resolution seeks to legislate or set policy for the Annual Conference it will be ruled out-of-order. Those matters must be made as motions at an appropriate time during the Annual Conference.
- Resolutions are to be submitted in the Microsoft Word document format and sent by email to Shannon Medlin email@example.com.
Individual working on resolutions should consider submitting them first to other organizations for reflection, discussion and refinement. For example, you may wish to take your resolution to your Church Council and have them submit the resolution after such discussion and refinement takes place.
…you document any factual statement you make. See the sample resolution below.
…your resolution is submitted in the style and form of the sample below.
…you have included the name of the person or organization submitting the resolution at the end.
If you have any questions or need guidance in drafting your resolution, please contact Ben Wolf firstname.lastname@example.org
Please use the resolution below as a simple guide for the style of the resolution you wish to submit. (This is an abbreviated version of a previous resolution used as an example.)
Note that the word resolution isn’t needed in the title.
The initial WHEREAS’ and THEREFORE’s are in all CAPS.
Do not use any indentation.
Note how references use numbers within brackets  and not superscript.
Keep formatting at a minimum. The document will be reformatted a number of times before published. Use the default style of your word processor for Text Body (usually 12 point Times New Roman).
The name of the person or organization should be right-aligned, but every other paragraph, including the title should be left-aligned. Do not used centered or justified text.
WHEREAS, tobacco is the number one preventable cause of death in the United States, killing more people than AIDS, car crashes, illegal drug use, alcohol, and murders combined. Each year 11,900 adults in North Carolina die  from their own smoking and 1,200 Americans lose their life every day to tobacco use ; and
WHEREAS, smoking causes North Carolina alone more than $5.7 billion annually in health care costs and lost productivity, and cigarette butts, whose filters are made of plastic and not biodegradable, are the number one most littered item, adversely affecting the environment ;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the North Carolina Annual Conference commends the North Carolina General Assembly and the Governor for adopting legislation in May making most bars and restaurants tobacco-free environments, building upon previous legislation making most governmental spaces tobacco-free; and
BE IT ALSO RESOLVED, that the North Carolina Annual Conference encourages all our United Methodist Churches to establish a tobacco-free environment and encourage our members to make their homes and cars smoke-free for the health of themselves and their families; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that copies of this resolution be sent to all members of the General Assembly and to the governor.
- News and Observer, November 10, 2007, Section A, page 3, column 1.
- Jacob Author, An Authoritative Book, Bigg Press, Atlanta, 2003, p. 203.
The General Assembly
Post Office Box or Mailing Address
Raleigh, NC 26001
The Honorable Governer
Raleigh, NC 26001
Submitted by the Church Council of Main Street UMC, Sometown, NC