Sunday, June 24, 2012

Resolutions

All actions taken by the membership of Community UCC on behalf of the entire congregation must be approved at a Congregational Meeting. These occur at least twice each year. This page lists significant actions and resolutions to come from Congregational Meetings during the past several decades.

1981 The Just Peace Resolution was passed at a Congregational Meeting on September 27, 1981. This preceded the Just Peace Church resolution passed at General Synod in 1985. Following passage of this resolution at General Synod, CUCC passed its own version of the Covenant to be a Just Peace Church.

1984 On March 18, 1984 the congregation resolved to support public education in North Carolina.

1989 (The Fifteenth General Synod (1985) also adopted the resolution Calling on UCC Congregations to Covenant as Open and Affirming. By unanimous vote on December 17, 1989, the Congregational Meeting adopted a Resolution on Being an Open and Affirming Congregation. This resolution was revised and expanded and was passed by unanimous vote on January 9, 2011 (see 2011 below).

1993 In 1993 CUCC was honored to receive the Just Peace Award from the Office of Church in Society at the 19th General Synod of the United Church of Christ. Cy King's remarks on accepting that award provide a snapshot of our history and confession of how far we have to go.

1999  CUCC was part of a larger faith movement to call for a moratorium on executions.  The resolution was sent to the governor and our legislators of NC, and the president and our legislators in Congress.

2000 The Nineteenth General Synod (1993) adopted the Statement of Christian Conviction of the Proposed Pronouncement Calling the United Church of Christ to be a Multiracial and Multicultural Church. Sparked by CUCC member Robert Parrish, who is visually handicapped, the CUCC membership adopted a resolution that “CUCC would work toward inclusion of the disabled in the work and mission of the church” (November 15, 1998). The congregation convened the Multiracial/Multicultural Committee to examine the UCC statement and make recommendations. On February 6, 2000, the congregation adopted an enhanced Vision Statement and charged the Multiracial-Multicultural Committee to help implement it.

2005 On July 10, 2005 the congregation resolved to become part of the Progressive Churches network. At the same meeting the congregation approved the Iraq STEP Resolution: Sensible Transition to an Enduring Peace.

2007 The congregation resolved on May 20, 2007 to focus on Justice in a Changing Climate.

2010 On November 21, 2010, a congregational resolution asked the Wake County Board of Education to adopt a pupil assignment plan that would provide diversity and excellent educational opportunity to all children.

2011 In 2003, the General Synod adopted a resolution Affirming the Participation and Ministry of Transgender People within the United Church of Christ and Supporting their Civil and Human Rights. The UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns shares the commitment of many in our national church setting to inclusion of transgender persons in the UCC. Local ONA churches were strongly encouraged to include transgender gender identity and expression in their statements. In 2011, CUCC expanded its original ONA resolution to state, in part:

“We invite and welcome into this Body of Christ all persons who seek to follow Jesus. Persons of every gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression are welcome to worship and enter into the full life and ministry of this church. We strive for justice and equality for all of God’s children in our journey of faith.” Full text of the expanded resolution.

2012 On June 24, 2012, the congregational meeting passed a resolution called An Economic Justice Covenant. The effect of the covenant was to create an Economic Justice Task Force. The covenant statement appeared in the July 2012 newsletter.