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Inclusion Commission

 

Goal 2 – Diversity and Inclusiveness

We, Christ the King Parish, will become a more diverse and inclusive parish community so as to better understand, accept and respect persons regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies. We will embrace these differences in a safe, positive and nurturing environment so as to move beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.

The Commission on Inclusion came to be as a result of discussions on issues regarding race from the Parish Encounter and the above goal from our Strategic Plan for the Parish. The purpose of this Commission is to continue the conversation on how to be a welcoming Parish and how we measure up on this particular goal. In other words are we who we say we are.

In our discussions we have found that it has been difficult to get our arms around the subject of inclusion and what it means to our parish. We were attempting to define what inclusion is and what it actually looks like.

After more discussions and feedback we have decided that there are two essential dimensions to “inclusion” and they are –

1) those who need to be included — African-Americans into a dominant White church, women into a patriarchal church, LGBT persons into a straight-biased church, young adults into an old, graying church, young parents into the Faith of our Grandparents, Communitarians from Africa, Vietnam, Mexico into an individual-centered culture, old-time Catholics into a Vatican II parish, Protestant neighbors into a Catholic parish, Muslims and Jews into a Christian religion, etc.

2) the programs, activities, leadership structures, decision-making bodies of the parish into which people need to be included — parish council, finance council, each of the six commissions, all of the many subcommittees, each of the several liturgical ministries for Sunday Mass, etc. The question on the table is how the Commission on Inclusion can practically and effectively inform, inspire and assist each and all of these parish aspects and activities to become more inclusive in regard to all the persons who need to be invited to participate in the parish.

This is where you, the people of Christ the King Parish, can help. We are asking you to search your hearts, reflect and pray to find out what God wants you to do in this situation. Several people have already agreed to be on the commission but we need more people to step up. If you feel that you want to serve on this commission in some capacity to keep the conversation going, please contact either Robert Bruttell or Ron Eady to let us know that you’re interested.

To view the Guidelines for Fully Engaging the Beloved Community click here.

This graphic shows how the Commission on Inclusion is structured.

Commission on Inclusion Structure _3G (3)

 

For more information on Neighborhood click here

For more information on Demographics and Analysis click here

For more information on Young Adults click here

For more information on LGBT click here

For more information on Race and Leadership click here