October 29, 2009

SNN Recommends 10/29/09-Bretheren Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests

Vision Statement

For our community we will:

* Visibly advocate for justice on behalf of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (lgbt) people.
* Reach out to lgbt persons and allies who share a connection with Mennonite and Church of the Brethren heritages.
* Provide opportunities for lgbt persons and allies to nurture relationships, celebrate community, and build networks of solidarity, empowerment, support and care.
* Provide intentional support and advocacy for lgbt youth and young adults.
* Connect people with lgbt-positive theological and spiritual resources.
* Empower individuals and groups to advocate for justice and work for change.
* Acknowledge the limitations of our worldviews and commit to broadening our understanding and appreciation of human diversity.

For the church we will:

* Be a persistent voice for an open and inclusive church.
* Call congregations to be actively open and inclusive communities.
* Hold denominational leadership accountable to their denomination’s vision of social justice, expecting fair play, honesty, integrity, risk and courage.
* Develop denominationally sensitive theological, biblical and spiritual resources.
* Provide educational opportunities for our denominations and related educational institutions.

For society we will:

* Participate in the broader social justice movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people by building alliances with other denominational and secular organizations who share similar concerns.
* Responsibly advocate for religious practices and policies that support democratic visions and an inclusive society.
* Intentionally connect our experiences of injustice with other forms of social discrimination and commit ourselves to resist oppression in all its forms.

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