Open And Affirming

“Love God, Love your neighbor. Period”

-Rev. Glennyce Grindstaff

Greenbelt Community Church values all of God’s children and welcomes the gifts that each of us bring to the church.  We believe that we are all one in Christ Jesus (John 17:21), that we are all created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26) and affirm that we are many members of the same body in Christ (Romans 12:3-5).  We recognize that Christians differ on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity. Our understanding of the nature of God’s still speaking voice and the invitation to live out Christ’s extravagant welcome to all, lead us to declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming congregation.

We acknowledge the history and confusion of the institutional church in condemning and excluding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer persons, and in condoning such discrimination by its silence.  We commit ourselves to work to end such oppression and discrimination.

We also recognize that those who are questioning, exploring or discovering their sexual orientation or gender identity are often uncertain of their welcome in a church community.  This fear of rejection can be especially damaging to our young people at a time they most need the support and love of the church.

We welcome everyone seeking God’s presence to our service of worship and into the full life and leadership of the church. Whatever your background might be – your race, your nationality, your age, your physical or mental ability, your gender identity or expression,– whoever you are and wherever you come from, we welcome you into our community of faith.