Affirmation of Welcome

WHEREAS: In the Great Commission Jesus commands the Church to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.” (Matt. 28:19-20), and

WHEREAS: St. Paul reminds the Church of the first century and the Church of today, “Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law; for ‘The one who is righteous will live by faith.'” And, “As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:11, 27-28), and

WHEREAS: In response to the Great Commission of Jesus and the central teaching of the Church that people are justified (saved) by grace through faith and not by works of the law we have adopted the following Mission Statement:

Trinity in obedience to the Word of God, proclaims the Good News of Jesus’ love and salvation. Through worship, Christian education, and service, Trinity strives to be a congregation rooted in faith and love. Trinity seeks to strengthen the bonds of its own congregation so that it may be able to reach out, serve, and witness with care and acceptance,

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WHEREAS: Paul also tells us that, ” . . . if any one is in Christ, there is a new creation; everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation;” (2 Cor. 5:17ff), and

WHEREAS: Trinity is accessible to the physically challenged, and

WHEREAS: The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has declared (1991) that “gay and lesbian people, as individuals created by God, are welcome to participate fully in the life of the congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America,” and

WHEREAS: The Metropolitan Washington, DC Synod declared in 1989 that:

  • Gay and lesbian people share with all others the worth which comes from being individuals created by God;
  • Gay and lesbian people are welcome within the membership of our congregations upon making the same affirmation of faith that all other people make; and
  • As members of our congregations, gay and lesbian people are encouraged to share in the sacramental [Baptism and Communion] and general life of their congregation and this synod, and

WHEREAS: There are still people who have been made to feel judged, condemned, and unwelcome by the Church,

THEREFORE, in order to more fully extend the Great Commission of Jesus and to more effectively claim and proclaim the central teaching of the church that we are justified by grace through faith, and not by works of the law;

Be it RESOLVED that TRINITY publicly and intentionally affirms our welcome to all people to participate in the congregation without regard to age, cultural or ethnic background, gender, marital status, physical or mental abilities or disabilities, race, or sexual orientation.