LGBTQ+ Inclusion

The following statement and resources have been compiled by members of the As We Are well. This well is for LGBTQ+ and questioning people who want to explore the intersection of our queer and spiritual identities. We welcome people from all theological backgrounds. Come join us for discussion, fellowship and community! Contact Kamaria Fyffe and/or Kate Goodwin for more information.

 

STATEMENT

We believe all sexualities and genders are beloved.

We acknowledge and grieve both the history and present-day reality of harm being done to the LGBTQ+ community by church policies, practices and individuals.

We acknowledge that the United Methodist Church denomination that CityWell is organized under is not currently affirming.

We acknowledge that CityWell is not a monolith. Thus, while CityWell practices and policies affirm all sexualities and genders, we cannot vouch for the affirming stance of every member or visitor. As is true in so many spaces, there is no guarantee of safety.

Under the current CityWell pastor, Crystal DesVignes, there are no limitations on an LGBTQ+ person’s participation in CityWell church life. All are welcome to partake and assist with serving the sacraments, serve in ministry, join in membership and hold leadership and staff roles, including children’s ministry. Pro-LGBTQ+ references are common in sermons and church communications. The additional challenges and intersectionalities specific to LGBTQ+ people of color are specifically lifted up and honored. Pastoral care is available to all, including spiritual counsel, prayer, baptism, funerals and visitation during illness. CityWell is currently exploring actively resisting the UMC denomination in performing same-sex weddings on or off premises. As such, same-sex weddings will be considered on a case by case basis.

 

RESOURCES

Parents and Other Family Members of an LGBTQ+ Person

 

Faith and Sexuality Reconciliation and Support for the LGBTQ+ Person 

 

Non-Affirming Person who wants to Reevaluate that Stance

 

Faith and Sexuality Theology 

 

Teenagers with Questions 

General Information for Allies