As Mission Friends, we have a high view of God’s word, and we humbly continue to engage all of Scripture and its trajectory toward justice and liberation when discerning complex topics. We believe Scripture is authoritative, not any particular interpretation of Scripture. We believe a faithful reading of scripture can lead one to affirm full participation in Christian institutions, such as marriage covenants, that were created to serve God and to make us more Christ-like. We believe the word of God is dynamic, and so we read courageously, with humility, and open to surprise. We read in communion with others, especially those on the margins, but also with those whose interpretation differs. In concert with the communal discernment of the Covenant’s resource paper on reading Scripture, we value the diverse reading of scripture communally, faithfully, holistically, rigorously, and charitably.