Sojourn Mennonite Church welcomes the LGBTQ community to full participation in church life, including membership, marriage, and ministry.
From its inception in 2012, Sojourn has embraced a progressive, God-bearing theology that welcomes everyone. As a faith community, called by Christ to be inclusive, caring and peace-minded, we welcome all who come our way regardless of age, gender, marital status, economic or social circumstances, race or ethnic background, sexual orientation, physical ability, faith tradition or life situation. Our welcoming extends beyond the issue of sexuality which is so prominent in current headlines.
At the same time, we feel it is important to state clearly that we are LGBTQ inclusive since the issue of sexuality has been and remains a focal point of controversy, both inside and outside of the religious community, including within the Mennonite Church. We see in Jesus one who reached out in relationship and identified with those on the margins. We find in the early church a breaking down of the dividing walls that previously separated persons once deemed outsiders –the lepers, the women, the Samaritans, the gentiles. We rejoice in Paul’s statement in Ephesians 2 where he speaks to how being “one in Christ” overcomes the dividing walls between people different than ourselves.
Through our birthing principles and congregational discernment we are committed to the following:
- Sojourn Mennonite welcomes all who seek to grow nearer in personal relationship with God. We do not and will not use sexual orientation or practice as criteria determining full participation and covenanting membership in our faith community.
- Sojourn affirms our pastors’ full participation in pastoral care and counseling, rituals, and blessings for all individuals and families, including marriage preparation, marriage, pastoral care and counseling, and child dedications.
- Sexual orientation will not be a factor in hiring of office and pastoral staff.
For more information related to the larger Mennonite movements towards inclusion, we recommend the Brethren Mennonite Council for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Interests website, and the Mennonite Inclusive Pastors website.