St. John’s Welcomes Inclusion of People Who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Questioning
St. John’s Episcopal Church welcomes all people, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ), and their allies. As our mission statement says, we are “a loving family of faith united in Christ…” We believe unity in Christ transcends all human differences, making one community where once there was many.
The Episcopal Church has a long history of recognizing and supporting people regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The church has prohibited discrimination against lesbians and gays since 1976. In 1994 the church’s General Convention passed a resolution affirming the ability to ordain people who are lesbian, gay and bisexual. In 2009 the General Convention passed several resolutions in support of transgender individuals. Since 2012 discrimination has prohibited against transgender people, and in that same year the General Convention passed a resolution in support of passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, inclusive of gender identity.
If you are interested in having a ceremony blessing your and your partner’s union, you can learn more about the ceremony for blessing a lifelong covenant by clicking on the link below.
The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant