News from AllianceQ: November 2015

Christian Board of Publication and Chalice Press Join Open & Affirming Ministry Program

The Christian Board of Publication and Chalice Press declared themselves an Open & Affirming Ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and were added to GLAD’s list of O&A Ministries in late September.

Brad Lyons, President and Publisher, approached the GLAD Alliance to ask what it would take to join the O&A Ministry Program. He and Mark Johnston, Executive Director of the O&A Ministry Program, worked closely to determine how GLAD’s criteria for being an Open & Affirming Ministry fit for Chalice Press.

The final board action at Christian Board of Publication passed unanimously. Here is the text of their statement:

The Christian Board of Publication affirm the faith and gifts of persons regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender expression, or any other characteristic protected by law and will not publish material that opposes this affirmation.

The Mission of the Open & Affirming Ministry Program is to build a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) that welcomes persons of all gender expressions and sexual orientations to the table of Christ’s communion and to the full life and leadership of the Christian Church.

GLAD has resources to help any church increase welcome and move towards Open & Affirming, even churches that are not ready to mention the words Open, Affirming, or LGBT.

For more information on how your congregation or ministry can join GLAD’s Open & Affirming Ministry Program, contact Mark Johnston, Executive Director of GLAD’s Open & Affirming Ministry Program, at mark@gladalliance.org.

The full list of Open & Affirming Ministries of the Christian Church can be found here.

We welcome the Christian Board of Publication and Chalice Press with pride! Will your congregation or ministry be next?