Being a Welcoming Congregation
Our church has been a “Welcoming Congregation” since 1999. You may have seen this designation on the banner of our newsletters or on a plaque in our church lobby, but what does this mean? It means we have worked and are working to make our church home open and supportive for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer people. We continue to learn about undoing homophobia and transphobia and opposing discrimination in our individual lives, our church community, and our society. We work to understand and honor our various identities, backgrounds, and experiences and to create a safe, inclusive space in which people of many different gender identities, sexual orientations, and gender expressions can come together. Do you have some ideas of how we can continue this effort? We have an assessment team gathering information and proposing ways to improve our Welcoming Congregation work and would love to hear your thoughts. Please come and talk one of our team members.
Jerry Carden, Jim Hannum, Katriena Knights, Kristi Mercer, Kathleen Robbins, Debbie Rugg, and Renée Trilling.