2017 Unity Oversight Committee

Who is in charge of the Unity Oversight Committee and what can they do?  
As of December 2017, the chair of the Unity Oversight Committee (UOC) is Mike Ryan, who was voted in by GC ADCOM, and Hensley Moorooven is the secretary.  On December 14, 2017 the Unity Oversight Committee met at the world headquarters and adopted a plan on how to judge where the world church stands on matters of compliance.  On January 18, 2018 all of the surveys were sent out and by March 20, 2018, all of the surveys had been completed and the results were taken to the GC.  As it stands, the Unity Oversight Committee cannot create policy, law, or really change anything on their own.  Their purpose is to gather information on behalf of the General Conference (GC) and make a recommendation based on the results the information they gather.    

What were the results of their survey?
The six questions asked to 151 Union and Division presidents were these.

  • “Should the General Conference Unity Oversight Committee appoint a team to listen sensitively, counsel and pray with the presidents of unions not in compliance with voted actions of GC Sessions and of the GC Executive Committee?”

    • 139 → Yes

    • 10 → No

    • 2 → Not answered

  • “Should there be further organizational consequences for unions that do not comply with voted actions of GC Sessions and of the GC Executive Committee?”

    • 108 → Yes

    • 34 → No

    • 9 → Not answered

  • “Should church leaders be asked to sign a document saying that they will follow voted actions of GC Sessions and of the GC Executive Committee?”

    • 72 → Yes

    • 77 → No

    • 2 → Not answered

  • “Should presidents of unions not in compliance with voted actions of GC Sessions and of the GC Executive Committee be allowed to speak (i.e. have voice) at meetings of the GC Executive Committee?”

    • 76 → Yes

    • 67 → No

    • 8 → Not answered

  • “Should presidents of unions not in compliance with voted actions of GC Sessions and of the GC Executive Committee be allowed to vote in meetings of the GC Executive Committee?”

    • 56 → Yes

    • 86 → No

    • 9 → Not answered

  • “Should presidents of unions not in compliance with voted actions of GC Sessions and of the GC Executive Committee be allowed to serve on standing committees or ad hoc subcommittees of the GC Executive Committee?

    • 40 → Yes

    • 100 → No

    • 11 → Not answered

What does all of that mean?
Based on the results of the survey the UOC recommended that there be a GC team that would meet with presidents of Unions not in compliance. On the other hand, UOC is not in support of taking away their voice or making all presidents sign “contracts” of compliance.  

What are people saying?
As is well-known to those who engage in conversation over church compliance, this is a controversial topic. There are many who wish that the survey should have been made more widely available, instead of only being sent to Division and Union presidents.  There has also been frustration over the probable bias since the UOC was formed by the GC and not taken from an outside organization.



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