by: Gillian Ford
Contributor: Ken Brown
Last Saturday, Jim Davis convened a team to draft a statement of inclusion for Trinity. The team has created its first draft and they intend to craft a final draft by the first week of June. The Spirit is truly at work in this process and I am pleased with our progress.
I’m compelled to set an expectation for the statement of inclusion’s impact. First and foremost, it is aspirational. The language will describe some immediate opportunities to define inclusive community. The language will not be as advocacy-based as some wish and for others, the language may seem unnecessary. The deeper truth is that given the uncertainty facing the United Methodist Church’s future, we need clarity about Trinity’s inclusive identity. This statement aspires to provide a context for understanding our identity and it invites you to affirm who we are and imagine who we are becoming as an expression of a hospitality community. And yes, “all are welcome,” can be defined in aspirational language.
In the weeks to come, please read and process the upcoming statement of inclusion as such, identify aspirations inspired by our traditions and our experience as a welcoming community.