From: Julia Stumpff
On Sept. 6, the Open and Affirming Committee of First Presbyterian Church in Columbus joined hundreds of Christian leaders and LGBTQ+ affirming Christians and signed the Christians United Statement that declares “with one voice that the Church of Jesus Christ must be a place where LGBT+ people are celebrated and embraced. Christians United came as a direct response to the Nashville Statement, a document composed and signed last month by 150 major evangelical leaders.” (christiansunitedstatement.org/about.html)
In signing the Christians United Statement, we hope to counter the harm done by the Nashville Statement and help stem the tide of exclusion, marginalization and demonization of LGBTQ+ people.
In signing the Christians United Statement, we affirm and celebrate “our LGBTQ+ siblings as equal participants in the Kingdom of God.” (christiansunitedstatement.org/)
In signing the Christians United Statement, we bear faithful witness to the Church of Jesus Christ that has repented “of its sin of exclusion and has swung open its doors to welcome all of God’s diverse children.” (christiansunitedstatement.org/about.html)