Welcoming Statement Feedback
As part of our Reconciling journey, lay leaders from across our congregation recently collaborated to create a draft "Welcoming Statement," which, when approved by a church vote, will appear in our bulletin and on the St. Paul's website.
The welcoming statement, with any revisions the committee deems appropriate, will be provided to the Church Council for a final review before it is published. Please note, this feedback form is NOT a formal church conference vote on any other church-wide issue, including affiliation with the RMN or status within the UMC.
This statement is meant to be reflective of our community values as well as our explicit and intentional welcome to anyone wanting to learn more about God's grace, specifically members of the LGBTQIA+ community and other marginalized groups. The statement drafted by the task force is as follows:
"We, the community of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, welcome everyone. We are taught by Jesus Christ to be hospitable to all, excluding none.
So we greet you in love. We greet you who are gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer; no matter your gender identity or expression, national origin, immigration status, culture, race, or ethnicity; and to those of all abilities, education levels, ages, and economic statuses.
We welcome and affirm you as one of God’s children into our community of God’s unbounded love. All are celebrated here and all are safe."
Please consider the statement above and answer the following questions. All questions must be completed prior to submission. Thank you so much for your time!
My name is:
My relationship with St. Paul's is: (Select all that apply)
I am a member at St. Paul's
I attend worship regularly (once a month or more)
I attend worship infreqently (less than 12x/year)
I live in the Kensington community
I attend St. Paul's community events (Pancake Breakfast, yard/apple/craft sales, VBS, etc.)
I attend outside groups hosted by St. Paul's (Friendship Club, support groups, Scouts, etc.)
I am a former member/attender at St. Paul's
A member of my family is connected with St. Paul's
None of the above
I agree with the content of the "Welcoming Statement" as shown above.
If I could, I would change/add the following:
Is there any other feedback you would like to offer to the Reconciling Steering Committee and/or the Welcoming Statement Task Force?
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