One by one, Christian denominations, and selected leaders of others, are recognising that Inclusion and welcome for all is at the heart of the Gospel message. The Disciples of Christ is the latest to have done so, formally resolving that “all Christians regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity”. Would that more denominations could see this (they will, but its taking time.) Instead, too many continue to spouting blatant prejudice under the cloak of religion : “Christianism”, where they should be preaching and practicing Christianity.
Disciples of Christ Church formally recognizes gay members in its congregation
The Disciples of Christ denomination voted to formally recognize and welcome LGBTQ members of its congregation in worship after a general assembly meeting in Orlando, Fla. this week.
Resolution GA-1327, “Becoming a People of Grace and Welcome to All,” was overwhelmingly accepted by members of the general assembly on Tuesday, meeting attendees said. It states that “the General Assembly calls upon the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to affirm the faith, baptism and spiritual gifts of all Christians regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and that neither is grounds for exclusion from fellowship or service within the church, but we celebrate that all are part of God’s good creation.”
The resolution was 16 years in the making, after a general assembly meeting in 1997 included dialogue about encouraging the church to “give continuing research and reflection ‘concerning the participation of gay and lesbian persons in the full life and ministry of the Church.’”
- full report at TCU 360.
- Disciples of Christ Church Votes In Favor of Homosexuality and Homosexual Church Leaders (blackchristiannews.com)
- ‘Gay Christian? Yes!’: Movement Sparks Debate Among Believers (theblaze.com)
- All are Welcome (sophiaspockets.wordpress.com)
- A Word from the General Minister concerning Disciples of Christ General Assembly (bobcornwall.com)
- Disciples of Christ Denomination Affirms Sexual Liberalism, Transgenderism (juicyecumenism.com)