Affirmation of Welcome
“We, the people of Grace Lutheran Church, are led by the Apostle Paul’s directive to “be imitators of Christ and walk in love as Christ loved us” (Ephesians 5:1), and believe 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 believe Christ has made us one, and we are devoted to being a caring community of faith. We recognize God’s love mirrored in many forms of committed, loving and nurturing relationships between God’s people.
Dedicated to being God’s Kingdom bursting open into the world, the people of Grace Lutheran Church welcome ALL our brothers and sisters who hear God’s Word and experience God in their lives, including gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons.
We invite these sisters and brothers to participate fully in worship, the sacraments, service, and leadership in this congregation.”
In August of 2009 the ELCA officially removed restrictions for those candidates for ministry and pastors who are in long term, committed, publicly accountable, monogamous relationships. While no ELCA church is required to call an LGBT pastor, any LGBT candidate who wishes to pursue ordination, regardless of geographic location, may now do so.
Grace is a member of the Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches. More info here