Moving Forward with Reconciling in Christ

Moving Forward with Reconciling in Christ

Moving Forward with Reconciling in Christ

I was convinced again of the importance of becoming a Reconciling in Christ congregation as I heard one of our new members give a testimony during a message he shared at Holy Trinity last December.  The statement that really caught my attention was when he said, “The cross is not a welcoming symbol for everyone.”  This was hard for me to hear at first.  As we learned from our speaker that morning, however, when people have been told they are not loved by God because of their sexual orientation and that they will suffer eternal damnation unless they change, the cross can become a symbol that brings fear and judgment. It can cause these folks to feel excluded from the church for being honest about who they are. 

This is why it is important for a congregation like ourselves to develop a welcome statement that specifically names that we believe God loves people of the LBGTQ+ community and we would like them to be a part of our church.  A statement such as this clarifies what we believe the cross should symbolize and the kind of inclusive community we are striving to be.

Many of you have seen the draft of the welcome statement the church council and Team Inclusion have proposed using in a letter that was sent to the congregation.  There were a few responses that expressed concern or disagreement about the proposed welcome statement, but by far the response was overwhelmingly positive with people expressing agreement.  These responses coupled with the good pledge numbers that we had in December convinced the council that there is strong support for the church to head in the direction of making this public statement of welcome. 

Please mark your calendars for Sunday May 3 to join us for One Worship at 10:00am and for a luncheon following, as we officially mark this new step in the ministry and public witness of Holy Trinity.

-Pastor Erik Goehner

    

 
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