rough sawn barn, non-linear
nails, batten-less boards grayed
by water and time
I never paid much attention to church resolutions until one of consequence came along in the 90’s. The resolution called the Christian Church of Northern California-Nevada Region (CCNCN) to engage in a two-year study to become the first Disciple region to become “open and inclusive.” Prior to then, Findlay Street, a congregation in the Northwest Region, had become the first congregation to claim an open and affirming identity. However, this was the first time a Region risked fracture to claim wholeness which only comes with the full inclusion of their LGBT (QI &A were to be identified in another decade) brothers and sisters. At the end of the two-year study, CCNCN congregations voted to affirm their Region as open and inclusive. A few congregations left the Region because of the vote; however, there was not the max exodus some folk feared. Rather, congregations recognized the conversation became full and meaningful with everyone participating at the table.