Welcoming Statement

St. John’s Episcopal Church Welcomes You

Grateful for the unexpected grace of God displayed in Jesus Christ, this congregation commits itself to answering the calling of the Holy Spirit that all people may be brought together in the Church.

No matter who you are, whom you love, or where you are on your journey, we invite ALL people to join us and be fully involved in the ministry of Christ we share here.

We commit never to say to any part of Christ’s body, “I have no need of you,” and we will continually seek to be more faithful to God’s welcome in the world today. We look forward to the ways a fully diverse congregation can teach us more about the manifold love of God and we commit to love all as Christ loved us—without reservation, without question, without judgment, and without restriction.


Unanimously Approved by the 150th Annual Parish Meeting
January 24, 2016

 

To find other affirming faith communities... 

We commend the following resources to you if you are looking for a fully affirming faith community near you, or more information to support you as an LGBTQIA+ Christian:

  • Chicago Consultation – A group of Episcopal and Anglican lay people, clergy and bishops, who support the full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Christians in the Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion.

  • Gays in Faith Together – An organization (based out of Grand Rapids) that affirms lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersexual, asexual, pansexual (LGBT+) people of faith. 

  • Believe Out Loud – A digital community working to move all people toward an expansive, transformative understanding of divine love.

  • GayChurch.org – Ministering to LGBTQ+ Christians and our allies around the globe. We feature the largest welcoming and affirming church directory in the world.

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