Sunday, September 03, 2017

First Baptist Church of the City of Washington DC publishes inclusion policy


The First Baptist Church of the City of Washington DC will pass out a Discernment Card to church members on Sept. 24, 2017.

Here is the text:

“The First Baptist Church of the City of Washington DC welcomes people of every race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, age, physical and mental ability, national origin, economic station and political ideology to full participation in the life of the church.

“’Full participation in the life of our community’ includes all members, without exception, being fully eligible to participate in the ordinances, blessings, benefits and responsibilities of church membership – including communion, baptism, marriage, ordination, parent/child dedications, and all offices and positions of leadership.

“Any individual member’s ‘full participation in the life of our community’ does not bind any other member’s conscience on an issue about which they may differ, but rather requires honest commitment of life together in the commitment to life together in the community of Christ regardless of differences.

“We re-commit ourselves to conscious efforts to feel Christ’s welcome in our congregation, including those with whom we disagree.” 

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