Sunday, March 24, 2013

Welcome Ministry Anti-Oppression and Non-Discrimination Policy

Welcome Ministry
Anti-Oppression and Non-Discrimination Policy

Passed by our Board of Directors on October 22, 2008

The Welcome Ministry seeks to become an anti-oppressive organization. Because of our beliefs and religious traditions, we are committed to reducing the ways in which we participate in oppression and actively work against the oppression which affects our communities. In particular to our own histories and contexts, we recognize the need to be particularly committed to anti-racism, anti-classism, anti-sexism, and anti-ableism. We also seek to stand in solidarity as allies and encourage individuals to participate in other anti-oppression movements.

It is the policy of The Welcome Ministry to not discriminate or allow discrimination on the basis of any of the following:
-Race, color, national origin, culture
-Religion, atheism/agnosticism
-Sexual orientation/identity, marital status
-Gender, sex, gender identity/expression,
-Mental, cognitive, or emotional health status/impairment
-Physical status, including disability or impairment, height or weight, pregnancy, genetics, health conditions (including HIV/AIDS), or age 
-Economic status, class, finances, or education
-Other measures of power and privilege
-Any other status as protected by applicable local, state, or national laws.

This anti-discrimination policy applies to all positions within The Welcome Ministry, including employees, Board of Directors, guests, and volunteers. All staff, board members and volunteers are made aware of our policy and are expected to fully comply with it.

Grievances related to the Anti-Discrimination Policy are to be directed to The Welcome Ministry Board of Directors, who will investigate the matter in consultation with staff and/or legal consultation.

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