As you may have heard by now, the NJ Association voted to become Open and Affirming at its annual meeting on Saturday, April 28, 2012. The vote was nearly unanimous with two abstaining and no “no” votes. After the vote was announced, there was sheer joy in the room! Everyone rose to their feet, clapping, hugging, and celebrating.
A special thanks goes to all who put in a lot of hard and diligent work to make this happen. The Rev. Sherry Taylor, our Conference Minister, led the way with the Revs. Gregory Rupright and David Bocock who together planned a series of workshops supporting this effort as well as drafting the final resolution. There are countless others whose work helped support this endeavor and a special thanks goes to Bobbi Prato for her keen insight into transgender issues and recognition and to LL DuBreuil for her organizing of this effort early on.
Now that the NJ Association is Open and Affirming, Been Waiting for You will continue to provide workshops, resources, and volunteer testimonies to local churches involved in their own ONA process. In the coming months, a schedule will be created to plan interesting opportunities to learn, fellowship, and enjoy one another. So stay tuned!