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Update: Council Withdrawal of Officer’s Resolution

Inquiries have been coming in from several elders asking for more details or specific reasons why the Council of Elders felt it necessary to withdraw the resolution concerning governance from the Call and Notice packet for this year’s General Conference of Elders.

Legal Opinion Regarding Council of Elders Withdrawal of Officer’s Agenda Item Resolution to Set Up Governance Committee is now posted on the Council of Elders Web site.

April 22, 2010 - Posted by | Council of Elders |


  1. Thank you for such a thorough explanation of why the resolution had to be removed. It is hard to comprehend how such a flawed document could have been sent out for consideration by the GCE. Thank you again for your wisdom in acting quickly to stop this.

    Comment by Lonnie Johnson | April 22, 2010 | Reply

  2. I’ve read the resolution, and agree with Mr. Darden’s comment that the wording seemed to be ‘negatively oriented’ – however, the document would have been fine if it had just come from a different source – the council.

    Because it came from the officers and not the board, that was the fundamental ‘flaw’ in the document. Because of the differences in opinion, however, between the two parties, it likely would not have come from the council. This reminds me of my parents’ ‘discussions’ where they differ in opinion – but one, my dad being the husband and head of household, really has the ultimate responsibility – which is just like the council and admin.

    What happened, IMO, was the most honorable thing to have happened – that the admin resign. I feel very confident, and pray to God thus, that the this organization will move on as one body … and carry on the work we have to do.

    What makes me wonder, though, is the fact that the admin and council get out of sync like this on a regular basis – every few years – so why is that? Should the council work at the Home Office and see what the admin sees? Why the disconnect in the first place …

    Comment by Jason Nitzberg | April 23, 2010 | Reply

    • And the fact that it happens every few years may be why it, the “resolution/document”, was written to begin with. Maybe that might need to be a point of study.

      Comment by Kenneth Bounds | April 26, 2010 | Reply

    • Sorry, Jason, that is simply not the case. If it came from the council that wouldn’t magically fix it. The bylaws say a resolution can come from an officer of the corporation such as the President, a minimum of 4 council members, or 25% of the GCE. Who it came from is not the problem.

      Larry Darden said that the resolution broke three different bylaws, and also the secretary made a mistake in what type of majority was required to pass it, which is a different matter entirely. It should have been rescinded as it was currently formulated for that reason.

      Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean that the issue it addressed not worth considering.

      The council and the admin get out of sync at different times for different reasons. This time it happened because some pretty big things have been happening for two years now in which the organs of governance within the corporation have been acting not in accordance with the bylaws, and people have been reacting to that. Business has not been conducted exactly as it should be for a long time now.

      People make mistakes. Other people react. They get out of sync. They fight. Pretty simple, I guess.

      Comment by Anthony Bergstrom | May 3, 2010 | Reply

  3. Can’t help laughing at one of the “possibly related posts” that came up for this item — “UN Resolution 1325: Does It Apply Here?”

    A United Nations resolution?!?!

    Somehow, I think all sides in this discussion would conclude the answer is no. 🙂

    Comment by Richard | April 24, 2010 | Reply

  4. Thank you for posting the legal opinion. I am curious to read the “Resolution to Establish a Governance Review Task Force”. Could you also make this available?

    Thank you.

    Comment by Kris Kobernat | May 29, 2010 | Reply

    • I should mention that I was able to read the Resolution once before, but do not recall it recommending a new “process for change to the Church’s governing documents”. Being able to read them both side-by-side would be of great use.

      Comment by Kris Kobernat | May 29, 2010 | Reply

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