First Presbyterian Church of PhilipstownFirst Presbyterian Church of Philipstown
There are three statements that are the touchstones for our congregation:
1. Knowing that all community is a gift of God, we affirm there can be no exclusiveness about the body of Christ. We welcome into our community and membership all people of God regardless of ethnic heritage, national origin, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic standing; and we encourage the full participation of all in the life of our congregation. This statement was approved by the Session too many years ago to remember.
2. Every Sunday we rise and sing:
We limit not the truth of God to our poor reach of mind, by notions of our day and sect, crude, partial, and confined, no, let a new and better hope within our hearts be stirred, the Lord hath yet more light and truth to break forth from the word.
3. This statement was the personal motto of a member, and has since become the unofficial motto of the church: He has told you, O mortal; what is good: and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8
If we may add a 4th statement:
4. Defenseless under the night our world in stupor lies; yet, dotted everywhere, ironic points of light flash out wherever the Just Exchange their messages: May I, composed like them of Eros and of dust, beleaguered by the same negation and despair, show an affirming flame.
Informational: The welcoming notice appears in our weekly bulletin, the song is always sung. Micah is often quoted. Recent events in the Hudson Valley, several anti-Semetic incidents ad the rise of local hate groups, as well as the difficulties faced by other mainstream reform churches in welcoming LGBTQ+ members, prompt us to make our policy of inclusion more public, and to take a more active roll in promoting our belief that the welcome of God is for everyone. To make our stand for inclusion more public, we wish to become members of the More Light congregations.