We embrace the diversity of the Body of Christ and advocate for freedom of Evangelical Covenant churches to fully include people of all sexual orientations and gender identities and for churches to have thoughtful, respectful, biblically-based conversations about inclusion without fear of reprisal.
We also advocate for the place of LGBTQ inclusive voices in denominational discernment, and the freedom of churches and clergy to do ministry as they discern to be appropriate in their context.
We value each and every person in the Covenant regardless of their views on human sexuality. We believe there is room, and indeed, historical precedence, for disparate views in this conversation as there is room and precedence for disparate views on so many other topics. Some churches have had many conversations about human sexuality and are ready to move forward in answering the Spirit’s call; other churches have not yet seen the need to have any conversation. The Covenant is deep enough and wide enough to embrace both viewpoints and others in between.
Finally, we work to create safe and supportive space for LGBTQ Covenanters and allies as well as provide resources and support for lay people who are looking to start conversations in their churches and/or with their Council or Leadership Team.
We pray for the well-being of the Covenant, its leaders, and all of its people that we may be faithful to God’s word, Christ’s love, and the Covenant ethos and history as a community of friends of Christ.
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This essay is part of a series elaborating on the goals of Mission Friends 4 Inclusion. Please share with anyone who may be interested. If you’d like to contribute to our ongoing efforts to help the Evangelical Covenant Church be a more hospitable place for LGBTQ people, please consider donating.