The Minnesota Conference will have a three-day session, with two virtual days and one in-person day in small groups at various locations around the state.
The registration deadline is June 15. No late registrations will be accepted. (NOTE: Clergy Session registration is separate; register for Clergy Session here.)
Who should register?
Guests (those who are not voting members) should not register for Tuesday or Thursday. The Annual Conference Session will be streamed to the Minnesota Conference Facebook page, and visitors will be able to watch at no cost. A Facebook account is not necessary to access the livestream.
The $75 fee is to help defer the cost of production. The annual conference is meant to be self-supporting, and no apportioned dollars are budgeted to cover the expense of the event. Contact Gail Johnson if you have questions or concerns.
The session will be conducted on a Zoom business webinar platform (this is different from the Zoom meeting platform most people are familiar with). Interaction will be limited but possible; through the platform, people will be able to indicate they want to comment, make a motion, or propose an amendment. When recognized by the Bishop to speak, they will be able to unmute their microphone to address the body. Check out this cheat sheet to learn about how interaction will work.
Voting members will need to use a device with a stable Internet connection. This can be a desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.
Only one vote can be cast from each device. Each voter will need their own device. At this time, it is not possible to vote via a voice only phone line.
Voting members are advised to make sure they have downloaded the latest version of Zoom prior to Annual Conference in order to be able to access all of the features needed to participate fully.
For each session, participants are encouraged to sign in 10 to 15 minutes in advance.
There will be several people dedicated to helping individuals with any connection problems.
A conference materials packet will be available for download June 1. Printed copies can be ordered during registration and will be sent promptly after this date.
Each member of the 2021 Annual Conference Session is asked to participate in a pre-conference webinar. This will be an opportunity to discuss the legislation that will be acted upon during the conference. There will be little time during the actual session for discussion about these issues. It is key that participants take this time to get their questions answered. Some important information about the sessions:
Twin Cities – Wednesday, June 2
North Star – Thursday, June 3
Big Waters – Monday, June 7
River Valley – Tuesday, June 8
Southern Prairie – Thursday, June 10
Procedural orientations to check connections and learn the specifics of interacting within the system will take place Tuesday, June 15 at noon CT and Monday, June 21 at 6 pm CT. You can sign up for this as you register for Annual Conference. The session is expected to last about 35 minutes and is recommended for anyone who could use guidance and practice with voting and the advanced features of Zoom. This session is highly recommended for first time conference participants.
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