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"With the Lord a day is like a thousand years." Unfortunately.
This message hit my inbox yesterday. I am pleased at the statement finally being made, but the slowness of the molasses in this process makes me a little crazy:

From your Lay Leaders Council
As we look towards the New Year the Lay Leaders felt that it was necessary for WUMC to develop a “Welcome Statement” that would clearly state the position as to acceptance and participation in the life of our congregation. This statement would be included in our bulletins and on our website.

The proposed Welcome Statement is as follows:

We welcome you to the Williamsville United Methodist Church in the name and spirit of Jesus Christ, offering the openness, acceptance and support that enable all persons to participate in the life of the Church, the community, and the world, while denying every semblance of discrimination. All persons without regard to race, color, national origin, status, economic condition, sexual orientation, or gender identity are welcome to attend our worship services, participate in our programs, receive the sacraments, and become baptized and professing members.

Before adoption of this statement we wanted to share this with the congregation for your review and thoughtful consideration. During the month of January we will be accepting your input or questions regarding this statement. Every member’s input is valued and we look forward to hearing from you.


There follows a simple ticky-box form to "affirm" the decision and a bigger box to leave any comments, concerns or changes.  I suspect there will be few of the latter beyond general harumphing from a small but moneyed few, who will make the usual threats and add their sound and fury. I pray it will signify nothing.

Given the way this organization does things, I fully expect that the final adoption won't occur until the end of February when that Council next meets. Probably there will be emails and survey analyses passed round.  The only irony in a late February adoption is that they will have dragged this out (I first presented it in July) past the scheduled date of Eleanor's main cataract surgery. She'll see far more clearly by then; I only hope and pray our members will join her in such clarity of sight by then.
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bill_sheehan From: bill_sheehan Date: January 12th, 2014 02:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's a good statement, but it has a sort of legalistic feel. Maybe because it has to, I don't know. I'm never happy with mission statements. I certainly wasn't happy with the one we crafted for my old church back when I was Senior Warden. I wanted something simple, like

"Welcome to our joyfully inclusive community!"

Everything else seemed redundant. It's a church. If you missed the cross on the top you couldn't miss the huge one hanging over the altar. In every pew you'll find the Book of Common Prayer, with historical mission statements going back to the Apostle's Creed. The only thing they might not say is that all are welcome here, hence my six-word gloss.

I lost that argument. We had to include that we loved children and puppies and Mom's apple pie...
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: January 12th, 2014 02:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hate them, too, and even more the extent to which Corporatespeak infects both the statements and the people who waste so much time thinking about and overperfecting them. My original proposal was to add a single orientation-inclusive clause to our existing printed-weekly Vision Statement (which starts with a dangling participle- symbolic of the Crucifixion?- and wusses on from there). Nobody opposed the IDEA, but several said, "that's not something you put in a Vision Statement."

So delaying it two months to have another Welcoming Statement to go with the Vision Statement (and, yes, there's a Mission Statement, or maybe it's a Position Paper) is just how we roll. Like Jesus, in his tomb.
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