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The Southeast Conference Board of Directors is creating a task force to study the possibility of the SECUCC becoming an Open and Affirming Conference. The ONA Task Force will spend the next year creating space for dialogue about what it would mean for the Southeast Conference to become Open and Affirming and exploring what the discernment process looks like for conferences. The Task Force will work with the Board of Directors, the Conference Staff Team, and other entities it finds helpful in gathering and providing information. It will consult with the Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ.
Here are some important pieces of information as the ONA Task Force is being formed and begins its work:
- The Task Force’s role is not to lead an ONA discernment process. Instead, it will explore and gather information for consideration.
- Being an Open and Affirming Conference does not require the congregations and ministry settings of that conference to become ONA. Each setting still maintains its ability to determine its own status.
- Only after the Task Force has done its work will we determine whether this is a time for us to enter into a process of discernment about becoming one of the ONA Conferences of the United Church of Christ.
At this time, the Board of Directors is accepting nominations (self or with the consent of the nominee) of individuals interested in serving on the ONA Task Force. Nominations may be submitted by email to email@example.com for consideration. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the SECUCC Conference Office.