A Season of Welcome Website Launches

In celebration of changes in the Presbyterian Book of Order which opened the way for more lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Presbyterians to serve openly as ordained leaders, the Covenant Network of Presbyterians is launching a new website.  A Season of Welcome gathers stories of LGBT Presbyterians who can now live more openly and serve more fully.   

A Season of Welcome lifts up inspiring stories, and honors the gifts that LGBT Presbyterians offer their congregations and the whole Church.  Ministers and other church leaders are invited to share their personal stories on the website, either anonymously or openly.  Friends, family members and parishioners may also post stories about others with the honoree’s approval. These stories highlight the many gifts that have been shared with the church and have blessed our denomination over the years, even when the way to ordination was not easily accessible.

“After years of unceasing efforts by the Covenant Network and other progressive Presbyterians, a new day has dawned in ordination standards in the Presbyterian Church.   We are excited to offer A Season of Welcome to LGBT Presbyterians who are newly ordained, seeking ordination, or have been serving the church, perhaps in silence,”  said the Co-Moderator of the Board of Directors, the Reverend Mary Lynn Tobin.

If you would like more information about the site, or to talk about your participation with Interim Executive Director Nancy Enderle, please call her at 608-334-5149, or email [email protected].

The Covenant Network of Presbyterians is a broad-based, national group of clergy and lay leaders working for a church that is simultaneously faithful, just, and whole. The Covenant Network seeks to:

  • support the mission and unity of the Presbyterian Church (USA);
  • articulate and act on the church’s historic, progressive vision;
  • work for a fully inclusive church;
  • find ways to live out the graciously hospitable gospel by living together with all our fellow members in the PC(USA).

 

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