Sunday, September 24, 2017

FBC holds vote on Discernment of inclusion policy, ratified overwhelmingly

Today, the First Baptist Church of the City of Washington DC held its vote on a Discernment policy about inclusiveness, proposed on Sept. 3..

The final vote was 51-3-11, or 51-14 for full inclusiveness.  The vote would seem to accept same-sex marriage ceremonies to be performed in the Church in the future.  But it is more broadly worded.

Generally, in my own conversations, practically all younger adult members (say under the age of 40) favored full inclusion.  The church has long held openly gay and transgender members. 

The church was considered very progressive on racial issues under Dr. Pruden as early as the late 1940s.  The church opened its current sanctuary on Christmas Sunday, 1955.

The church is located about ½ mile north of the White House, one block south of Foundry Methodist.  So it is one of the closest major churches to the White House.  The views of the congregation tend to have some political influence.  

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