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April 19-21, 2013
21 April 2013
USA National Conference Recommends Policy Changes (PDF)
First Presidency and Council of Twelve Will Have to Approve before Implementation
The Community of Christ USA National Conference was held April 19–21. After a three-year consent-building process of study, dialogue, and prayer, members from across the nation gathered at Community of Christ Auditorium in Independence, Missouri, to address two issues: same-sex/gender marriage where legal, and covenant commitment services where marriage is not legal; and ordination of people regardless of sexual orientation. After hearing multiple perspectives, the USA National Conference, by more than the required 67-percent majority, made the following recommendations to the Community of Christ First Presidency and Council of Twelve Apostles.
The First Presidency and the Council of Twelve will need to approve policy revisions recommended by the USA National Conference. To develop, approve, and implement interim policies can take up to one year. Any policy changes will pertain only to the United States of America. Other nations will continue to abide by existing church policies.
The Florida Regional GALA retreat will be May 3-5 at Deerhaven Retreat and Conference Center. Theme is "A Place at the Table for Everyone." Cost is $75 per person; children 3-12 are free with a paid adult registration.
Each year a Nominating Committee is selected and charged with seeking individuals that will stand for election to the GALA Board of Directors. The terms of office and responsibilities are prescribed in the Bylaws. The Committee, "…shall solicit the GALA membership for suggestions for nominees and shall strive to include, both within its composition and its proposed slate of nominees, representation of persons of all sexual orientations, differing abilities, racial‐ethnic backgrounds, gender identification, geographic locations and ages."
The terms of office are staggered so only part of the Board are elected each year which provides for and promotes a continuity and flow from Board‐to‐Board. The following are the positions with the calendar year terms for which the committee is seeking candidates in the 2013 elections. Preferably a minimum of two (2) candidates shall stand for election for each position.
Please remember that GALA members with annual dues paid are eligible to stand for election.
March 2013 is now available
If you are looking for a good movie that is LGBT-friendly, check out the "Movies" link under the "Resources" tab.
Touched by Grace is another wonderful compilation of life stories from members of GALA--members, family, and friends. After months of work collecting stories, reading stories, editing stories, designing covers, finding pictures, the final proof reading and implementing the corrections, the GALA Board and John Whitmer Books is proud to announce Touched by Grace is now available!
Read stories of some of our LGBT sisters and brothers and their allies as they journey in Community of Christ.
If you would like to share your story, please send it to Saundra Merth.