“I would love to chat with somebody about a collaborative workspace we are designing as a part of our church’s new community center.”
Me: Meeting scheduled!
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[Our Team] Leadership – all white men, except children’s ministry
[Church of the Nazarene affiliation] Hmm.
Me: “Hi, there! Out of respect for your time, I wanted to check in with you about your new space. Will your space be welcoming and affirming to all, including LGBTQ persons?I am unfamiliar with the policies of the Church of the Nazarene, so I don’t want to make assumptions. But I hope that yours will be a space of wonderful hospitality where the dignity of all is respected, women are honored as leaders and diversity is celebrated. Let me know!” Response: “Daryn, I am comfortable with that, but I’m not sure our congregation is there yet. If that is a deal breaker, is there anyone else you would recommend to us?”
Me: “It must be painful for your own values to be out of step with your congregation. I hope that you will have opportunities to show new ways of understanding. No, I wouldn’t have a recommendation for you. It would be inconsistent with my own values to provide resources for a space that will discriminate against folks like me.”
That’s it. That’s the post.