In their Fall 2019 meetings, the UCoL Board reviewed and discussed the Affirm United processes to consider becoming an Affirming Ministry. The Board passed the following motion in December 2019: “That our congregation begin an educational/discerning process as to whether or not we will become an affirming ministry.”
Over the ensuing period, an Affirm Team engaged the congregation in many ways through several special services and ongoing surveys, presentations, workshops, “Lunch and Learns,” and email feedback. At the last Annual Congregational Meeting, the congregation authorized the Board to make appropriate adjustments to the church’s Vision and Principles.
Through the summer, the Affirm Team worked with Affirm United and the Board on a revised Marriage Policy, Vision and Principles and Actions for the future, which the Board approved at the October 18th meeting. These documents may now be viewed on the Church website.
The Board also resolved to hold a Congregational meeting on November 26th for the congregation to consider and vote on both the revised Vision/Principles and a resolution to join Affirm United. An in-person meeting will be at the Murrayville site, with Zoom participation and voting also provided to those unable to attend in person.
Relevant background information will be provided at the worship services in November, and Affirm Team representatives will also be available to answer any questions.