Saint John's Lutheran Church 155 North Street Jersey City NJ 07307
"Freely we received... freely we give." St. John's is a worshiping and serving community, united in Church and worship so that it is open to everyone. We find a need to train and equip our people in witness, fellowship and service; to understand our community, all its people and its changes; to become a more inclusive, opening and welcoming congregation.
As a community of the people of God, we are called to minister to all people of our world, knowing that the world is often an unloving place. In many respects, our world has become a place of alienation and brokenness. Christ calls us to reconciliation and wholeness. We are challenged by the Gospel to be agents of healing within our society. The Christian Church has at times contributed to anti-gay violence through its preaching and teaching, and by its silence has perpetuated the exclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons from the Christian community.
We affirm with the apostle Paul that in Christ “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female” (Galatians 3:28). Christ has made us one. We acknowledge this reconciliation extends also to those whose sexual/affectional orientation is not necessarily toward a person of the opposite gender.
We wish to make known our care and concern for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons who often have been scorned by society and alienated from the Church. It is for this purpose that we affirm the following:
that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons share with all others the worth that comes from being unique individuals created by God;
that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons are welcome within the membership of this congregation upon making the same affirmation of faith that all other people make, and
that as members of this congregation gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons are expected and encouraged to share in the sacramental and general life of this congregation, and
that St. John's also publicly and intentionally affirms our welcome to all people without regard to age, cultural or ethnic background, gender, marital status, physical or mental abilities or disabilities, race or sexual orientation.