Church of the ApostlesChurch of the Apostles
STATEMENT OF INCLUSIVENESS
“To love our neighbor as ourselves” (Matthew 22:39)
All people are, created in God’s image, and each child of God is unique and wonderful. We celebrate the universal truth proclaimed in Galatians 3:26 and 28, “in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male or female, for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.”
As members of Presbyterian Church of the Apostles, we strive to love one another as God loves us. Knowing that we are all one in Christ, we welcome and embrace all who share with us a common faith in God into the life and leadership of our congregation. We do so regardless of a person’s race, ethnic origin, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, economic condition, cultural or religious background, or any particular element of his or her total humanity.
We realize that these conclusions may not be universally held, and we acknowledge that we “know only in part” (I Corinthians 13:1), we respect those whose prayerful and considered understanding of scripture and tradition has led them to other conclusions, and we welcome their presence, gifts and companionship in the journey of faith.
We welcome and encourage all persons to share in community life, worship and sacraments, including offices and ministry of the church. In response to the call “to love our neighbor as ourselves” (Matthew 22:39), we also pledge ourselves both individually, and as a congregation, to oppose by word and action injustices toward other persons, as we would oppose injustices toward ourselves.
(With this declaration, Presbyterian Church of the Apostles announces its commitment as a More Light Congregation on the 11th day of January, 1998.)