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.

Definitions of commonly used words in discussions about sexuality
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Well Chosen Words
A brochure that explains why inclusive and expansive language is important and suggests ways to express the fullness of God’s presence including guidelines for speaking and writing. Produced by the Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries in collaboration with the Advocacy Committee for Women’s Concerns (PCUSA). The brochure is available to download here

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 here