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Clearly, asking the congregation to take a stand on an issue is a process that usually involves long-term organizing and lots of listening. If not done from a faith-based perspective the attempt can be divisive. However, there are some issues that may be central to the congregation’s identity and can be acted on quickly and unanimously. If a resolution is needed immediately it is either best to do so through the social justice committee or to make the resolution very short and very broad. For the resolution to be meaningful beyond the congregation, it needs to be developed with community partners and in coalitions and have the input of affected communities. For the resolution to be effective it needs to be shared with the media and be part of an action plan.
As with all issues, there is no “one way” for congregations to act. Remember that whether an issue is one that involves fairly easy consensus or one that involves a lot of education and discussion the end result needs to lead to action for justice and a strengthening of congregational identity and community.
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Last updated on Monday, December 19, 2011.
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