We had our gathering Tuesday night and what a wonderful time it was. We ate the best baked ziti that I can remember ever eating, salad with that tasty raspberry vinaigrette dressing, and topped it all off with all those wonderfully fattening desserts! I must’ve gone back for fourths.
At the meeting, we discussed the proposed resolution to be presented at the April 2012 Association meeting. Each of the participants took the resolution back to their churches to talk about it. Sherry Taylor, our Conference Minister, told us what to expect as we gather support to present and pass it at April meeting. We also discussed addressing concerns to churches that might have questions about the resolution. Sherry will coordinate a guided response.
We also asked who would be willing to discuss the ONA process with other churches, most all of the participants signed up. Unfortunately, we didn’t ask which church you were from and an email will be sent shortly asking you to identify your home church. Greg will be sending out an email to all the participants. We need this for our records.
Finally, we talked about how ONA churches can continue the ONA conversation within their local church settings. Some of you shared what you were already doing and then we looked at the various resolutions of churches and discovered a wealth of ideas relating to all the discriminated people, not just those who are LGBT, that are listed in the resolutions. Realizing that the ONA conversation is also about gender, race, physical ability, and various situations in life, we learned that to keep the ONA conversation alive, we can speak to and about these issues as well.
We plan to meet again in January (the exact date TBD) to review the resolution and to make sure we’re addressing the concerns prior to our proposal in April. We will also have another teaching session, which hasn’t yet been named.
Thanks to all who who were present! And we’ll be looking forward to continued conversations and ideas about our future.