Statement of Welcome
Living Waters is a “Reconciling in Christ” congregation. We hold to an affirmation of welcome based on Galatians 3:28 which says, in Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female. Therefore, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are welcome to participate and to receive the sacraments, regardless of societal attitudes and prejudices, or denominational affiliation.
Furthermore, based on the Lutheran understanding of “the priesthood of all the baptized” , everyone who desires to serve in the leadership of this congregation is free to do so.
What LGBTQIA+ means:
Lesbian - A female who is physically and/ or emotionally attracted to other females.
Gay - A male who is physically and/ or emotionally attracted to other males.
Bisexual - Physically and/ or emotionally attracted to people of two or more genders.
Pansexual - Attracted to people regardless of gender. Attracted to all genders.
Transgender - Self-experienced gender does not match the sex they were assigned at birth.
Queer - Queer is not a slur. People chose this term for themselves because they feel that the other terms do not fit them.
Intersex - Any of a variety of innate conditions whereby an individual has sex characteristics which differ from those of a typical male and female.
Asexual - not experiencing sexual attraction.
A link to: //www.reconcilingworks.org/resources/
- Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century by John Boswell
- Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US by Lenny Duncan
- UnClobber by Colby Martin
- One Coin Found: How God's Love Stretches to the Margins by Emmy Kegler
- Transforming - The Bible & the Lives of Transgender Christians by Austen Hartke
- God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships by Matthew Vines
- The Bible and the Transgender Experience: How Scripture Supports Gender Variance by Linda Tatro Herzer
- Reconciling Scripture for Lutherans - Sexuality & Gender Identity by Austen Hartke and Emmy Kegler.
- Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?? A positive Christian response by Letha Dawson Scanzoni and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott.
- The Shift: Surviving and Thriving after Moving from Conservative to Progressive Christianity by Colby Martin.
- On Being Gay: Thoughts on Family, Faith and Love and Now that I'm Out, What Do I Do? Thoughts on Living Deliberately both by Brian McNaught.
- Coming Out to God: Prayers for Lesbians, Gay Men, their Families and Friends by Chris Glaser.
- Discovering Images of God: Narratives of Care Among Lesbians and Gays by Larry Kent Graham
LGBTQIA+ News Corner:
In 2019, one of our young people came out as non-binary and felt comfortable sharing this with the congregation. The congregation responded with affirmation and support for the young person and their family. There also have been education opportunities to help people know more about being transgender and non-binary, including how that affects young people.
Also in 2019, a member of the congregation came out as transgender. The congregation responded with affirmation and support for her.
New Hope Pride Celebration 2019