Church of the Savior, UCC, is a community of faith that celebrates God's wondrous love for ALL persons and seeks to manifest that love toward all people and all creation.
In contrast to this vision, many parts of church and society perpetuate discriminatory practices and fail to affirm the full humanity of all people, especially, at this time, with regard to sexual orientation & gender identity.
Many parts of church & society also remain conspicuously silent regarding acts of senseless violence, institutionalized discrimination and continuing instances of injustice against gay, lesbian, bisexual, & transgender people.
As people of faith, we are called to love our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:31) without being judgmental (Matthew 7:1-2), nor condemning of others (Luke 6:37-38).
As Christians, we are called by Christ's example to proclaim release to the captives and freedom to the oppressed (Luke 4:18).
In response to these realities, we have consistently and openly declared our intention to be an inclusive Christian church in print, in public actions and in welcoming individuals and families into our midst regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Now, therefore, in covenant with God and one another, we declare:
Because all people have sacred worth and inherent dignity as human beings and children of God,
We will continue to be an inclusive church in word and deed,
We will welcome all people as members and full participants in the life of our congregation,
Regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, color or creed;
Regardless of ability, health, economic status, gender or age;
Regardless of national origin, cultural background or other differences;
And we will especially endeavor to include and support those who find themselves in exile from a spiritual community because of fear & prejudice.
May God grant us the grace to live out this commitment in the spirit of Jesus Christ, with wisdom, courage and compassion toward all! Amen!