AFFINITY GROUPS: WRITING CONGREGATIONAL BYLAWS
As a congregation becomes diverse in membership, it may want to consider having affinity groups as part of its organizational structure.
These groups may have representation on the board and may provide a voice for minority racial identity, ethnic identity, and sexual orientation and identity, among others.
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Olympic Universalist Unitarian Fellowship shall institutionalize Affinity Groups into its decision-making process as another way to create an inclusive environment where the best possible non-oppressive decision may be reached.
Affinity Groups shall be created at the discretion of the Board of Directors and shall be an official body of the congregation, afforded the same rights, privileges, and responsibilities as other Standing Committees.
Affinity Groups shall exist to evaluate the potentially oppressive impact specific institutional- and/or organizational decisions and/or decisions regarding policy may have on members of the congregation who identify themselves as members of a group that has been historically marginalized and disenfranchised in larger society.
Membership in any affinity group shall be open to any person who publicly lives and/or self-identifies as being a member of the specific target group for which the affinity group has been formed and is approved by the board of directors.