Lenten Reflection – Affirmation of Faith

This Litany is taken from the worship resources for the welcoming church movement, a booklet entitled “A Place in God’s Heart, a Place at Christ’s Table.”  Additionally, see our Seattle Mennonite Church statement of welcome here.

One: We celebrate the unity we create in the midst of our diversity.

We believe in God’s creative, embracing love for all that is.

Two: We affirm the inherent beauty, worth, and dignity of every GLBT and straight person.

We believe that God does not make junk.

Three: There are many paths to the sacred.  The spiritual paths of GLBT persons are among them.

We believe that God’s wisdom may be known in a variety of ways.

Four: The choice is not whether to be GLBT or straight, but whether or not to live an authentic life.

We believe God wants us to be reliable and trustworthy.

Five: Coming out is a courageous and spiritual act.

We believe that God rejoices when we reveal to the world our full selves.

Six: Sexual expression is one of the many sacred ways that GLBT and straight adults can express the depth of love in their relationships.

We believe God made sex good.

Seven: We support each person’s journey of integrating spirituality and sexuality which leads to wholeness.

We believe God entwines body and spirit in all people.

Eight: Marriage is a sacred union for people who are committed to each other without regard to gender.  Love makes a family.

We believe God wills life-long covenants.

Nine: Spiritual leaders must take responsibility to lead, protect, and affirm GLBT people: children, adults, and their families.

We believe God inspires leaders to do this.

Ten: No one is free when others are oppressed.

We believe God cries out with the persecuted.  Their yearning for freedom is also God’s.