How the banners came to be
Last year I saw a Facebook post that had this banner. It orginated from a handwritten sign taken up by the Wisconsin Women's Health Authority. Each of the sayings were very pithy sayings about social justice issues. We talked about each of these in free_key.com and the Devotions over a couple of months as an aspect of the gospel, and people were saying we could get such a banner for our church. It would be a public statement of our character as a church.
By saying 'In this church we believe' doesn't mean everyone in the church agrees, but many do, and it has the endorsement of the Elders and Church Council. We believe these are issues to be discussed, thought through in the light of the gospel, and then if our opinions differ that's OK, at least they will be well-considered and will be respected.
We looked at the wording- how much can you say in less than 20 letters? We changed the wording about gender equity, and added God is Good as our first statement, because all the others flow from that. A couple from the church- Julie and Stewie Burch- offered to pay to get them made and their son who's a graphic designer worked on them. Martine Dunstan also did a lot of work towards them. Logos Ahead made them.