Additional Comments

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4 Responses to “Additional Comments”

  1. Cecilia says:

    The unity/diversity discussion interests me deeply…my own feeling is that when we initiate the discussion from a place of our common shared beliefs (unity) then our discussion is shaped from a place of abundance and celebration. The tone of reconciliation this brings always opens discussion and hearts rather than creating defensiveness and injury. This has been my experience over the years when participating in “anti-oppression” discussions. The ground we cover may be less than we hope for and we may feel we are taking baby steps, but there is more “buy in” when people are not made to feel attacked and when there does not need to be a winner and a loser in the discussion. A consensus building approach (what decisions can we live in harmony with) will be critical though there may come a time when people feel compelled to vote with their feet if they cannot live with the outcomes of these discussions. This is a risk we take when seeking truth and peace but a risk we must be bold enough to take. I recently heard the advice that if we focus more on our disposition in these difficult conversation rather than our position then we will be the most Christ-like in our dealings with one another!

  2. Kyla says:

    Thank you Cecilia, I too am very passionate about the Unity/Diversity value and appreciated your comment about there not needing to be a winner or a loser in these discussions, I feel we need a commitment to maintaining togetherness in our diversity, rather than letting it divide us. That said, in order to do this I feel that our church needs to focus on creating intentional, generous space for all people, and views. In this value I hope we can acknowledge the many facets of diversity in our community in race, gender, ability, age, sexual orientation, socio-economic privilege and others, and acknowledge all people as valued members of our community. Specific to sexuality (I do feel this one, at this point in time, requires some specific focus), I would to like to see our community acknowledge that this particular topic is highly personal, as well as emotionally and culturally charged. To respect the denominational stance of the CBWC, as well as the fact that this is a strongly held viewpoint for some members of our community, but also acknowledge that we know that within our church community there are many differing views, and we are conflicted in our response. Yet we prioritize being in community together, and showing unconditional love to one another over judgement; seeking to create generous safe space for conversation, and for all people to worship together. I think it is important that we publicly share with the LGBTQ+ members of our community that they are loved and welcomed, as they are, and that as a community we will not ask them to change.

  3. Jan says:

    Well stated, both of you. Well not as eloquent, my feeling is that we need to listen, more than talk, and love the way that Christ demonstrated for us. Safe space is important. How we accomplish this, bears more discussion.

  4. Cecilia says:

    Brendon… I truly appreciate your perseverance in desiring to hear from us all on these important discussion points. I am currently away on holidays and will not have the time to give to it until my return after September 4. I also feel I would love to hear the feedback of others in the meantime ( thanks Kyla & Jan for your words).

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