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Inclusivity Team

In Christ’s family there can be no division into Jew and non-Jew, slave and free, male and female. Among us you are all equal. That is, we are all in a common relationship with Jesus Christ.

Galations 3:28 (The Message)

Explore the story of the Inclusivity Team through words and videos in the photo gallery below, or click here to visit our Inc. Team's YouTube playlist.

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August 2023

Our 10:15 Forum on Sunday, August 20 was “Wayfinding: My Path to Being a Trans Parent" by Beth Franklin, a librarian near Camp Verde.

 

Part way through her life’s journey, she was unexpectedly faced with raising a child who struggled with gender dysphoria from a young age. She had to rethink her life and parenting as she discovered how to welcome a son she never expected…successfully embracing the role of “trans” parent with support of doctors, healthcare workers, and friends.

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Several years ago, Emmanuel Lutheran Church went through two years of congregational study on the inclusive stance our ELC denomination decided to take on LGBTQIA+ issues and related issues of equality.

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As a result, our church adopted an open and affirming statement after much deliberation, prayer, arguments, and inspiration:

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"We are an inclusive faith community that seeks to live the Word and Way of Christ's unconditional love.

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"This means that, like Christ, we believe each person is a beloved child of God regardless of shape, size, economic status, religious background, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender identity, or anything else that could divide us.

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"We give thanks to God for the unique identities with which we are created, and have found here a fellowship of believers that accepts us just as we are."

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Now more than six years later, following years of seeing the adopted “welcome statement” in our service folders and on our screens weekly, a group of us decided to learn more about how to put some intentional action behind those words of welcome.

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January 22 Guest Speaker

Coach Robert Shegog

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Love is the main thing

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March 19 10:15 Forum

What's your preferred pronoun?

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June 18 God Spottings

reflections on the June 17 Pride Picnic

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April 23 10:15 Forum

An Immigration Story

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June 18 10:15 Forum

What it Means to be a Love Warrior & Make Miracles Happen!

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Won’t it be wonderful when Black History and Native American History and Jewish History and all American History is taught from one book. Just U.S. History.

~Maya Angelou

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