As you join us in God's work
of transformation of the church, you will find that there is no "one" way to transform God's church. You
will find many resources, conversation partners, and
processes to aid you and your organization on this website. If you talk
to our leadership, you will find myriad people to help you in your
journey. Looking at our resources, you can read
about testimonies and ideas for education and leading. Below is one
suggested process for the journey. For more information, contact O&A Team Leader: Rev. Dr. Derek Penwell.
OPEN & AFFIRMING REGION, GENERAL UNIT, INSTITUTION, OR MINISTRY
THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST)
Engage in a study
about inclusion, gender, and sexuality. The GLAD O&A
Ministries Program will be glad to suggest resources.
Appoint a task
force to write an open and affirming statement that clearly
specifies that persons of ALL gender and sexual identities are
welcome in the membership, leadership, and employment of the setting
and will be afforded equal protections and benefits.
Ensure that at
least 85 percent of the governing board is supportive through a
If less than 85
percent is supportive, stop and spend more time studying and
If 85 percent or
more is supportive, proceed to the discussion of the open and
discussion of the open and affirming statement, the governing board
should vote to formally adopt the statement. It is recommended that
the resolution pass by a margin of 85 percent or greater.
board of the setting should ensure that its policies concerning
employment encourage applications from persons of ALL gender and
sexual identities and provide equal protections and benefits for
gender and sexual minorities once they are employed by the setting.
statement is adopted and the setting’s policies are amended to
reflect the setting’s commitment to the inclusion of persons of
all gender and sexual identities, the governing board should publish
the statement with GLAD, the General Church (via Disciple
Digest/Disciple News Service), and the setting’s website.
should clearly brand itself as an Open and Affirming setting through
the use of the GLAD logo and the words “an open and affirming
(region, general unit, institution, ministry, etc.) of the Christian
Church (Disciples of Christ).”
should hold a reception of some type to celebrate its commitment to
inclusivity and its witness to justice as an Open and Affirming
setting of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
--Adopted October 2010