- FromElisabeth JacobsMemberIntergity USA Board of DirectorsFrom her Facebook page...........................Yesterday (Sunday May 13, 2012) Fr. Berto preached on marriage equality at Church of the Intercession. He also read Bishop Sisk and Dietsche's support of President Obama's declaration on marriage equality. I asked members of the church to sign a welcoming statement that includes gender and sexual orientation diversity.
We had 137 in attendance and 74 (54%) stayed after the service to sign this statement: "The Church of the Intercession in New York City, is a reconciling, affirming, and inclusive Christian community striving through worship, love, and service to welcome all people just as God created you. No matter where you are on your journey of faith, and whether you are single, married, divorced, separated, or partnered, our welcome knows no boundaries of age, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, economic condition, physical or mental ability. We believe that God delights in the diversity of creation and so do we!"Going into General Convention, Integrity is working to "Claim the Promise, Making All Mean All". People ask us all the time, how can I help? A "Welcoming Statement" like the one Elisabeth put forward is one step toward Making All Mean ALL. Ask your parish to "Believe Out Loud" and support a radically inclusive welcome for the vast diversity of all God's children.