Jul 4, 2019

TRINITY AFFIRMING MINISTRY GATHERINGS will take place following the Sunday services on November 24, December 15, January 12, and February 2.

What does God require of us?  As translated by Rev. Dr. Lisa W. Davison, Professor of the Hebrew Bible at Phillips Theological Seminary, Micah 6:8 asks this of us:

  • To make justice happen
  • To love passionately as God loves
  • To walk as God’s image in this world.

We all have different experiences and histories.  We may have thoughts and questions that we have rarely said out loud.  Come join us at informal gatherings to share our ideas and feelings and expand our learnings about what being an Affirming Congregation means –  that includes members of the LGBTQ+ community, people with differing abilities, people with different skin tones, people from different cultures, and more.  

Is our church an affirming place?  Is every person who walks in our doors respected and celebrated?  What can we do to make Trinity even better?  What does the UCC have to say?  How are other denominations and organizations responding?   What resources and personal experiences can we share on these topics?  Is it enough to put up a rainbow flag and trust that we are all on the same page without any discussions?

Having these regular conversations will bring us closer together and give us a chance to engage in topics with many viewpoints.  Let us practice being affirming with our friends of different viewpoints.  Let us create a safer space to speak from the heart, ask difficult questions, and support each other, regardless of where each of us is currently at in our beliefs and experiences.  We will be sharing resources and having guest speakers, and we will be exploring these issues from a    Biblical perspective – what are our responsibilities as New Testament Christians? 

Approximately 25 people attended our first Affirming Ministry meeting, and others who couldn’t be there voiced their support – we have had about 40 people share their interest.  The following 5 volunteers have come forward to help guide us through the Affirming process:  Noreen Ueberer, Wendelin Galatianos, Jennifer & Ken Cameron, Jacqueline Swan.  If you would like to join us, please reach out.

Feel free to put your questions and comments (respectfully and honestly) into the wooden SUGGESTION BOX that will be left in the narthex.  If you have resources you would like to share, please pass them along so we can learn together!  The Affirming Committee will be creating a resource board.