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Session Adopts Affirmative Inclusion Statement
UPC Session Approves Affirmative Inclusion Statement
At its regular meeting February 20, 2010, the UPC session approved a statement to govern UPC in its ministries of hospitality and welcome. The statement reads:
University Presbyterian Church strives to embody God’s love for the diversity of creation by affirming the dignity of all persons as created in God’s image. We welcome people of all races, cultures, sexual orientations, gender expressions, and socioeconomic status in all ministries of the church.
In bringing this language to the session, the Christian Formation and UKirk committees spoke of a need for UPC to be a place where people in our midst could ask the questions they need to ask and be assured they are in a safe environment. This statement is intended to define the measure of that safe space. It is not meant to be the end of building. It is, instead, a commitment to doing together the work required of us as we seek to embody God’s broad welcome in everything that we do.