Update 01/08/2021: LGBTQIA+ Team will meet on Tuesday, January 19th to plan RIC Sunday worship service for January 31st. We will also discuss ReconcilingWorks commitment request. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the link to the meeting.
Affirmation of Welcome
Living Waters Lutheran Church is committed to being a radically loving and welcoming community of faith. We recognize that the world can be an unloving place of alienation and brokenness, and we believe Christ calls us to serve as ministers of reconciliation and wholeness in it. We are comforted by the Gospel, challenged and transformed by its radical life-changing love, and empowered to be agents of healing within society and the church.
We affirm with the apostle Paul that in Christ “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female” (Galatians 3:28). We acknowledge that the spirit of this affirmation extends to anyone who is
living with the realities of discrimination, treated as less-than or otherwise marginalized. Christ has made us one.
We believe all people are created in God’s image. We therefore celebrate the dignity and diversity of the human community, and are committed to work for justice inside and outside this congregation. We welcome, include, and affirm people of every race, color, culture, age, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, faith story, economic situation, physical and mental ability, educational level, work history, political affiliation, citizenship status, criminal record, or any other such human invention. All are welcome within the worship life of this congregation, including access to the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion, and all are welcome and encouraged to join in our congregational life, community, and ministry.
Be it resolved therefore, this 13th day of December, 2020, that the Congregation of Living Waters Lutheran Church, Ringoes, NJ, in prayerful assembly, adopts this updated Affirmation of Welcome by affixing hereto the signature of its Pastor and each member of its Council, and the Seal of the Church.
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: https://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