Congregational Meeting to consider expanded Open and Affirming statement

Our congregation will meet after worship March 19 to consider a proposed expansion of our Open and Affirming statement and hear reports from the Foundation Board and the Pastoral Search Committee. This is the agenda:

1. Vote on the proposed expansion of our Open and Affirming statement. The new statement proposed by the Executive Board’s working group reads:

“As seekers and servants growing in God’s transforming love, Falcon Heights Church, United Church of Christ, joins with the 15th General Synod of the UCC in recognizin and affirming persons of any sexual orientation, gender identification, and gender expressioni as equal recipients of God’s love.

“We celebrate the proclaimed truth in Galatians 3: 26, 28: ‘In Christ Jesus we are all children of God, through faith. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female: for we are all one in Christ Jesus.’

“We pledge to covenant our four core valuies of inclusivity, love, community and spirituality as a congreation of faith to work for full inclusion of all. We commit ourselves to making justice and inclusivity a reality in this congregation and in the world.”

2. Update on the work of the Foundation Board and vote on extending the 5-year terms of current Foundation Board Trustees Bonnie Russ and Joe Vance.

3. Update on progress from the Pastoral Search Committee.