frgavin on July 23rd, 2010

If you don’t think Episcopal Church pansexualists are on the march, you would be wrong. They are and they are trumpeting it loudly across the country. During the spring and summer of 2010, Integrity USA is holding a series of workshops in every province of The Episcopal Church. They are calling them BELIEVE OUT LOUD. These workshops are designed to give local Episcopalians the knowledge and skills they need to help their parishes and dioceses become more welcoming and affirming of LGBT folk. So why are orthodox parishes not trumpeting ALPHA as an alternative?


Phase 1: Ready?

  • Does your congregation already have a history of publicly welcoming and affirming lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender [LGBT] folk?
    • If the answer is NO, we strongly recommend you continue with Phase 1.
    • If the answer is YES, decide whether your congregation would benefit from continuing with Phase 1 or is ready to move to Phase 2.
  • Attend a Faith-Based Community Organizing workshop offered by the Institute of Welcoming Resources.
  • Download and use IWR’s Building An Inclusive Church Toolkit to evaluate, organize, educate, and prepare the congregation.

Phase 2: Set.

  • Ask the vestry or annual meeting to adopt a public statement explicitly welcoming and affirming LGBT people.  [Example statements can be found on page 28 of the Building An Inclusive Church Toolkit.]

Phase 3: Go!

  • Publish the statement.
  • Register as a Believe Out Loud Episcopal Congregation.
  • Work with Integrity USA to make your congregation even more welcoming and affirming.
  • Consider becoming a corporate member—or Proud Parish Partner—of Integrity USA.

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