In 2007 we began a congregational study on the topic of gay and lesbian inclusion in our congregation. The ELCA, our parent organization, was studying this as well and supplied a resource called “Journey Together Faithfully” which helped guide our discussion. Although a few families left because of it, Resurrection Lutheran Church decided that it would be an inclusive congregation for the LGBT community. A welcome statement was written, and as a congregation we signed it. This welcome statement allowed us to join the Reconciling Works network of churches that are welcoming to individuals from the LGBT community
In 2009, the ELCA voted to allow for the ordination of gay and lesbian clergy. With the landmark civil case in which the Supreme Court ruled that the constitution guarantees every American the right to marry the person they love, our congregation is fully open to all, and our pastor has officiated at same gender weddings.
In 2018, at the request of the Reconciling Works, the congregation voted to amend our welcome statement to explicitly include the trans community. We did this in order to remain true to our Faith and mission of welcome as society continues to learn about the needs of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Atwater We believe that we are not gatekeepers of faith, but rather witnesses and servants for Christ and “stewards of the mysteries.”