History of Our Journey to Welcoming
The St. Luke's Vestry has voted for St. Luke's to become a "Believe Out Loud" church, that is, a church which openly welcomes Christians who identify themselves as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, etc.).
The Believe Out Loud program started with a process of discernment for the congregation, so that the Parish could explore together how our church could be a more welcoming community.
The “Believe Out Loud” discernment process started October 9, 2016. The vote took place on October 16, 2017. If you would like to be part of our journey of widening our welcome, see the resources below or contact Nicole Vieira or Ed Gregori.
Resources for Widening Our Welcome
Believe Out Loud (Ecumenical Welcoming Resources)
Integrity USA (Episcopal LGBTQIA Resources & Ministry)
Sessions in Our Sacred Journey
October 9, 2016: Opening this Sacred Conversation with Covenant and Reflection, led by Jana Parker.
November 10, 2016: The History of Same-Sex Relationships in the Episcopal Church, led by Corinne Wieben.
December 4, 2016: Reflection on Scripture in the Episcopal Church, led by Dina Strong Grimmett
January 12, 2017: Guest speakers Howard and Randi Robinson, “Sharing our Story,” introduced by Ed Gregori. Randi and Howard will share their inspiring journey following their son’s coming out as a gay man and how this deepened their understanding of scripture and transformed their Christian faith.
February 26, 2017: Dina Strong Grimmett returns. Join us as we go deeper in conversation about scripture and same-sex relationships in our Episcopal tradition.
June 25, 2017: The Celebration & Blessing of a Marriage. Led by Fr. Abshire.
September 17, 2017: For the Bible Tells Me So: An exploration of what the Biblical writers actually said about same-sex relationships and marriage. Led by Fr. Abshire.
Resources for Discussion
"I Will Bless You and You Will Be a Blessing" -- 150 pages of liturgical resources and discussion guide for the The Witnessing & Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant in the Episcopal Church (2015 update). Wedding service only, formatted for liturgical use.
"Letter to Louise" -- Theological reflection and scriptural resources