First Presbyterian ChurchFirst Presbyterian Church
Statement of Inclusiveness
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 of free, there is no longer male or female: for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.”
As members of First Presbyterian of South St. Paul, we strive to love one another as God loves us. Knowing that we are all one in Christ, we embrace all who share with us a common faith in God and welcome them into the life and full 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 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 pledge our congregation to oppose by word and action injustices toward all persons, as we would oppose injustices toward ourselves.