Officiating bishop: Bishop Elaine Stanovsky
The 2021 Alaska Conference met online June 20-23.
Actions at the conference included:
• two new rules to help local churches financially when their clergy are in need of maternity or paternity leave or assistance because of short-term disability.
• A commitment to living into a “mission district” status, free of colonialism and committed to the work of anti-racism.
• Opposition to nuclear armament and support for a nuclear-free Arctic.
• Support for the creation of a cross-conference vitality commission to improve collaborative work to make disciples of Jesus Christ.
• A resolution to support the submission of The Alaska Omnibus Proposal.
The withdrawal of New Hope Methodist-Presbyterian Church from the denomination was accepted, and hope was expressed for a rich continuation of their ministry as a Presbyterian congregation.
The following lay and clergy delegates were selected for the General Conference in 2022.
• Jo Anne Hayden, chair, lay delegate
• The Rev. Jim Doepken, clergy delegate
• Lonnie D. Brooks, first reserve lay delegate
• The Rev. Dan Wilcox, first reserve clergy delegate
• Fran Lynch, reserve lay delegate
• The Rev. Lisa Talbott, reserve clergy delegate
• Kelly Tazuko Marciales, reserve lay delegate
• Bennie Grace Nabua, reserve clergy delegate
Conference membership was 2,652, a decrease of 222 from last 2019. Worship attendance was 1,392, a decrease of 252. There were three professions or reaffirmations of faith, down 36. Church school attendance was 1,026, down 336.
There were 62 adults participating in small groups, a decrease of 20 from 2019. Worshippers engaged in mission totaled 1,168, down 340.
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