In their 2019 report, the Rainbow Communion acknowledged that “steps need to be taken now to create more welcoming and respectful spaces within congregations and other parts of the church so that all are able to tell their stories without fear and everyone can begin to walk in a more honest and pastoral way with one another.” The following resources offer suggestions for pastoral care and worship that recognize the gifts and needs of LGBTQI people and families, and that encourage mutual support and care for those who have been harmed by homophobia, transphobia, heterosexism and hypocrisy.

In July 2020, the Assembly Council allocated funds to support a staff position to help the church fulfill decisions and statements it has made about sexuality, orientation and gender. The Life and Mission Agency announced that Carragh Erhardt has been hired to assist with this work as the Program Coordinator, Sexuality and Inclusion. This page will be updated in the coming weeks.

Contact Carragh by email or 1-800-619-7301 ext. 278.

Definitions of commonly used words in discussions about sexuality
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Resources for Care of Persons Who Identify as LGBTQI2S
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All In God’s Family: National LGBTQ Task Force
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Video Clip: Understanding Terminology related to Gender
Full video “Belonging in the Body: Transgender Journeys in Faith” available at –