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.