DATE: May 17, 2010
TO: Delegates of the Local Churches
and all Authorized Ministers of the Potomac Association
FROM: Rev. Francine Vinson, Chair, Committee on Church and Ministry
Ms. Felicia Simms, Moderator, Potomac Association
Rev. Kwame Osei Reed, Associate Conference Minister
SUBJECT: Ecclesiastical Council, 6/18/2011
An Ecclesiastical Council is called to examine Bart Cochran as a Candidate for Ordination.
DATE: Saturday, June 18, 2011
LOCATION: Bethesda UCC
10010 Fernwood Rd
Bethesda, MD 20817-4925
Phone: (301) 365-3387
SCHEDULE: 9:00 – Registration of Delegates, Continental Breakfast
9:30 – Call to Order, Establishment of Quorum
9:45 – Examination of Candidate for Ordination
11:00 – Adjournment
The purpose of this council is to examine the named Candidate(s) for Ordination, in accordance with the Association Bylaws, Article II.B.2.
As provisioned in the Manual on Ministry, Section 3: Ordained Ministry, Candidates can seek one of two designations from the council:
a) Authorized for Ordination, Pending Call—where the Candidate has completed the In-Care process, and is seeking a call to ministry
b) Authorized for Ordination—where the Candidate has completed the In-Care process, and has received a call to ministry
Information on the candidate(s) and applicable information on a call to ministry will be provided via email to the local churches in the Association, and posted on the Association website prior to the council. Please ensure that delegates and authorized ministers receive this information.
The candidate(s) will provide an oral presentation of a paper describing their faith journey and readiness for ministry, followed by questions/responses/examination by the assembled delegates. A vote will take place after the candidate’s presentation and examination, with the candidate excused from the voting.
It is important that each congregation be represented at this Ecclesiastical Council. A quorum for any meeting of the Association shall consist of twenty voting ministers and delegates, from at least seven local churches, including not less than five ordained ministers and five lay persons (Bylaws, VIII.D).
Voting credentials will be issued to each congregation’s delegation upon registration. While voting is restricted to delegates, the meeting is open to all members of the Association. Congregations are encouraged to invite all members of the congregation to attend. All authorized ministers with standing in the association are asked to be in attendance.
The 10th Annual James Floyd Jenkins Pillar of Faith Awards Luncheon will be held Saturday, April 16, at 12 p.m. This year’s honorees include: School of Divinity professor, Rev. Dr. Bertram Melbourne; Dr. Anne Emery, Rabbi Dr. Gary Fink, Mrs. Anne Hale Johnson, Rev. Frank D. Tucker, and Rev. Bennie E. Whiten Jr.
This event is a joint effort between the School of Divinity and the United Church of Christ Friends of Howard University School of Divinity. Proceeds benefit the American Missionary Association Endowed Chair and the Ph.D. Program in Religious Studies.
The Potomac Association,
Central Atlantic Conference,
United Church of Christ
and Covenant Baptist Church UCC-Washington, DC with
Howard University School of Divinity
cordially invite your presence and prayers for
The Installation of Ron Hopson
April 6, 2011, at 5:30 p.m.
in The Thurman Chapel
at Howard University School of Divinity
Clergy who wish to robe and process should arrive one-half hour prior to the service to robe, pray, and prepare for the processional. Red or rainbow stoles encouraged!
Directions and Location Instructions:
Please follow this link for an interactive map to Howard University School of Divinity.
1400 Shepherd St NE
Washington, DC 20017
Please contact Little River UCC for details for this event.