OPEN AND AFFIRMING
OPEN AND AFFIRMING
God calls us to be fully open and affirming of LGBTQ+ persons. We embrace diversity in race, sexuality, gender, class, immigration status, ability, and age. You are a beloved child of God, full stop!
You are invited, welcomed and affirmed
We strive to be a community that welcomes and affirms all. In that spirit, on May 21, 2020, the session (governing body) of Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church moved, seconded and approved the following statement:
Following the risen Christ, and seeking to make our church a true community of hospitality, Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church works for the full participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people in the life, ministry, and witness of our church and society.
As a congregation we are doing the work of listening and learning so that we can fully live into this affirming statement. We are grateful to be connected to the decades-long legacy of inclusion through our denomination, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), which has had a longstanding record of commitment to advocacy for equal rights in church and society for all sexual orientations and gender identities. The PC(USA) approved ordination of openly LGBTQ ministers in 2010. Click here for more on PC(USA) affirming policies.
More Light Presbyterians
On January 19, 2021, our session voted unanimously to join More Light Presbyterians (MLP). MLP’s mission is to empower and equip individuals and congregations to support and affirm the inclusion of LGBTQIA+ individuals and families in all aspects of church, including leadership.
Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church voted in May of 2020 to be an open and affirming church for all LGBTQ+ folks! With the help of More Light Presbyterians, we are on the path of doing the work of educating our congregation and helping those who are still wrestling with the theologies they were raised on. In January 2021, our Session to become a More Light Church so that we might seek their guidance and wisdom as we do our best to live out our new call of being an affirming church. We want all of Sunnyvale and the surrounding communities to know that ALL are invited, welcomed AND affirmed for exactly who they are.
• Read the More Light Presbyterians Exploratory Committee's report
• Watch our previous Affirming Church Series conversations
• Read more on the history of the PC(USA)'s stance on Sexuality and Same-Gender Relationships
• Brochure that explains why inclusive and expansive language is important
• Find other affirming churches and denominations