How do I find information about voting in the congregational poll?
When certifying your congregation's membership number online, you are encouraged to cast a vote in the Congregational Poll, which is part of the Certification form. This year's poll asks your congregation to vote to put the proposed Statement of Conscience (SOC) on Reproductive Justice on the Final Agenda for the 2015 General Assembly.
In order for the SOC on Reproductive Justice to appear on the Final Agenda, at least twenty-five percent (25%) of all certified congregations must participate in the ballot vote, and a majority of those must vote in favor of placing the proposed CSAI on the Final Agenda. (Delegates at GA will be able to amend the SOC, and will also hear debate and vote on whether to approve the proposed SOC).
You may vote in the Congregational Poll as part of the Certification process, and the deadline for voting is the same as the deadline for the membership certification: Monday, February 2, 2015 at 5 p.m. PT. This is also the deadline to submit comments on this proposed SOC. (Links to the comment forms will appear after logging in to your congregational account)
Separately, you are invited to submit comments on the new Congregational Study/Action Issue, Escalating Inequality, and the related Study Guide. The deadline to submit comments on Escalating Inequality is March 2, 2015 at 5 p.m. PT.
You can find the full text of the SOC on Reproductive Justice, as well as the Escalating Inequality (CSAI), and more information about the comment forms and voting instructions here.