We are thrilled to share that the USA Interim Policy authorizing Queer/2SLGBTQIA+ (Queer) participation is interim no more! In collaboration with the USA Team of Apostles, the preexisting interim policy has been reviewed and revised and has now been officially replaced by the December 22, 2022 version.
While there is no change in practice, the policy now has updated language, streamlined structure and associated links, and utilizes universal same-sex marriage legalization in the USA as a simplifying factor. (As a reminder, the 2014 interim policy pre-dated the Supreme Court decision that made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. This has further been solidified by the Respect for Marriage Act passed in 2022.)
This revision - and the intentional and collaborative resources required to make it a reality - fulfills a commitment made to USA church members in the policy’s first iteration. This commitment read, “The church in the USA will follow these interim policies for two years. At the end of this time the interim policies will be evaluated and revised as needed.” We are grateful for a new precedent in which marginalized communities impacted by church policy are included in the process of their own inclusion.
Notable changes include:
As this policy is specific to a single nation (USA), cofchrist.org will not be hosting this document or information related to it. As a denominational hub of administrative and resource-related content, OurMinistryTools.org will be updated to reflect this new policy. In an effort to make this document as accessible as possible, Harmony will proudly host all Community of Christ Queer/2SLGBTQIA+ policies currently in effect on our website as a resource to you. You can expect updates to our website in the coming weeks to reflect this commitment to you. In the meantime, we have provided links to the updated policy as well as the now replaced 2014 interim policy for your information.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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