OneBody members unanimously embrace gender diversity.
Completing a process begun earlier this year, and formally supported at our Annual General Meeting in May, OneBodyOneFaith members have now formally adopted a new statement of chairtable Objects, following approval by the Charity Commission. The vote by members at an Extraordinary General Meeting at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church on Saturday 25 November was unanimous, and as a result our Objects now read:
“The objects of the Company shall be:
(a) to advance the Christian religion for the benefit of the public in accordance with the following Statement of Conviction:
It is the conviction of the members of OneBodyOneFaith that human sexuality, sexual orientation and gender identity in all their richness are gifts of God gladly to be accepted, enjoyed and honoured as a way of both expressing and growing in love, in accordance with the life and teaching of Jesus Christ. Therefore it is their conviction that it is entirely compatible with the Christian faith not only to love another person of the same sex, but also to express that love fully in a personal sexual relationship;
We believe that expressing our gender and sexuality with integrity is important as a way to grow in love and discipleship; we long for the day when Christians fully accept, welcome, affirm and offer equality to everyone in their diversity,
including raising awareness and understanding of theological issues related to sexuality and gender identity, promoting fellowship and pastoral support through local groups and other means and organising prayer and reflection;
(b) to advance the education of the public on the needs and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Christians, and promote acceptance of diversity, so that they may be able to live without fear of rejection or recrimination and be fully included in the life and ministry of the Church.”
This completes the process of OneBody formally embracing gender diversity as part of our vision - and now the work begins! We're planning a conference in March 2018 to help members, supporters and churches to explore what this means for them individually and corporately, and we look forward to being able to work even more closely with groups and individuals who share our commitment to the full inclusion of all people in the gloriously diverse and beautiful Body of Christ.