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Welcome to the Church of the Open Door.
Come and join us as we grow in love for God
and one another.
Saint John the Evangelist is a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people.
A welcoming space is a wonderful and hospitable thing! We welcome visitors and long time parishioners alike each time we gather. Being a safe space goes a few steps beyond being a welcoming space.
As a safe space, we strive to create a faith community where everyone’s story is respected as their own. We speak from our own experience, and ask others what they need in order to feel comfortable in our community. We listen. We do not shame or shun one another; rather we seek inclusive conversation. Consider the ways you tell your story, and the ways you encourage others to share their own stories. Our attitude towards one another is what makes us a safe space.
St. John’s actively affirms the full inclusion of women and LGBTQ+ people in all sacraments and levels of leadership. Multiple LGBTQ+ clergy have served at St. John’s. And from same-sex weddings to rites of renaming for trans parishioners, St. John’s rejoices in walking with our LGBTQ+ parishioners through all the seasons of their lives.
Jesus taught love of God and love of neighbor as the most important commandments. When we create a safe, open, and affirming environment for everyone, we honor his teaching.
As a church, we believe it is important for us to proudly accept and celebrate people of all gender identities and expressions. At St. John’s, we firmly believe that being transgender is not an unnatural way of being or at odds with our Christian faith.
For further reading, here is a short list of articles to help get you started in understanding the relationships between gender, race, colonization, and spirituality:
If reading is not the best way for you to learn more about gender diversity, here is a suggested watch list of movies and TV shows that provide positive representation of trans people and characters. Watch their trailers (linked below) and see what appeals to you:
If you have reading or film suggestions (especially for different ages and demographics) that we can add to this list, please reach out to the Rev. Jered Weber-Johnson ([email protected]) or the Rev. Craig Lemming ([email protected]).