Statement of Affirmation and Welcome
Adopted as policy by the Steering Committee on June 1, 2003
We are part of the network of people known as The Gathering of Baptists. Four of us began to meet many months ago, because of our concern for the pastoral needs of gay and lesbian people, and their families, who are or have been members within Baptist churches. We began a process of Bible Study, Prayer, background reading, and listening to the stories of those who felt free to speak with us. Our circle has grown into a much larger group of people who have become friends in Christ — a true Table Fellowship, as we meet to enjoy food and mutual affirmation in one another's homes. We are young and old, male and female, gay and straight, clergy and laity. Our common heritage has been our Christian walk and in many cases, a long history of service in Baptist life.
We have been guided in our discernment by the Covenant Statement of The Gathering of Baptists.
With all of this in mind, and at the end of our process of listening, studying, praying, and eating together as friends in Christ, we have developed the following statement:
In keeping with the stated values and goals of The Gathering of Baptists, and as people of faith, we affirm the following:
All human beings are created in the image of God, are loved by God, and owe their first allegiance to God.
Committee Members: Mimi Allan, Barbara Bishop, Linda Sparks, Michael Steeves.