All Means All ….

Point of Personal Privilege:

As they do every two years somewhere, The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) General Assembly met this week in Orlando, Florida to conduct business, network, and worship.

Today, they adopted GA resolution 1327- summary follows:

“Becoming a People of Grace and Welcome to All

The General Assembly calls upon the Church to recognize itself as striving to become a people of welcome and grace to all God’s children though differing in sexual orientation or gender identity, affirming that neither are grounds for exclusion from fellowship or service within the church, and calling upon all expressions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), as a people of grace and welcome, to acknowledge their support for the welcome of and hospitality to all.”

We are a congregationally based denomination and our resolutions do not bind any person or congregation to comply.  Some individuals and congregations were on the other side of this decision.  Some of those on the winning side are already praying for them, and thus it almost always with when Disciples disagree … and they do often disagree on the details.

The neat thing about Disciples is that we continue to worship and work together, even as we disagree.

As a public message about who we think we are, this is a big step toward a new and much more inclusive future.

Feeling pretty good about being a Disciple in the Heartland  ….