Based on the results of the recent survey and after careful deliberation, the Church Council unanimously approved an active pause of 18 months in the consideration of an affordable housing project on the church property. The action took place at their Tuesday, March 27 meeting.
For the next 18 months, there will be no formal consideration of this type of project (that is, no church-wide meetings, surveys, RFPs, contracts or legal agreements.) However, the issue of affordable housing and homelessness, which have been identified as important concerns in our congregation, may still be addressed through educational events, exploration, dialogue, preaching, and prayer. Members of the community would also be free to form a Ministry Team to address the issue of affordable housing.
The Council tasks the Long Range Planning Committee with developing an open and transparent process for considering affordable housing after the pause is complete, to be proposed to Council during this calendar year.
The Council supports the intentional use of the next 18 months to heal from wounding discourse, and actual and perceived divisions among church membership, with the help of the Holy Spirit.
As their work comes to completion, the Council gratefully acknowledges the faithful, exemplary and selfless service of the members of the Blue Sky Team and the Affordable Housing Subcommittee (denoted by *). Thank you to *Dan Leaverton (Chair), Lorenzo Llanillo, *Scott Sporte, *Brian Hauck, Emma Fujii, Freddie Bunge, *Emma S, Leonard Ash, Bob Helliesen, Betsy York and *Senior Minister Molly Baskette. Moderator Rod McKenzie and Moderator-Elect Kara Korbel-Chinula served as ex-officio members.
Read the full Affordable Housing Survey Report here including a description of the process, a further analysis of the data, and the comments that were made on the survey.