Several weeks ago our Whatcom Lutheran clergy group began talking about how we could send a message of support for those in our community who have been ostracized and shunned because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. We decided to march as a group in the Bellingham Pride Parade on Sunday, July 14.
Around the same time, I learned that a beloved member of our church had recently come out. This person is among several LGBTQ+ members and friends of our congregation. I am certain that each of us know, respect, and love someone from our church who is LGBTQ+, even if we are not aware of their sexuality or gender identity.
In my studies and prayerful discernment about the issues of sexuality and gender, and in seeking guidance from the ELCA Social Statement on Sexuality, I feel conscience-bound to support those who are LGBTQ+ and […]