WestM has a long tradition of being radically inclusive of the many people groups and identities that enrich our community. THANK YOU!
Obviously it is at the very heart of our mission statement.
Honoring the radically inclusive ministry of Jesus, we seek to cultivate a progressive Christian community that welcomes all students in celebrating the diversity of race, ethnicity, nationality, citizenship, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, financial circumstance, and faith tradition.
We also want to speak into two particular facets of this diversity.
While we spring from four progressive Protestant Christian traditions (Disciples, PCUSU, UMC, & UCC) we are decidedly welcoming of ALL faith traditions and persons with no stated faith tradition. Our ministry springs from Christian love and hospitality but you will not be pressured to believe or join any tradition. This means we are also a home for Jewish students, Muslim students, native American spirituality, the Contemplative Studies Institute, Atheists, Agnostics, and everyone else.
We are emphatically welcoming of LGBTQ+ persons at all levels of the WestM organization. Christians ministries have an ugly history both in the past and in the present on LGBTQ+ issues. We are both embarrassed and appalled by what has been said, and far too often is still being said, under the Christian name. We seek to be a place of support and encouragement for all LGBTQ+ persons.
WestM is honored to be the first off campus meeting location of the Gay Student Alliance beginning 1979. Further, WestM (and our 4 supportive churches) are on the forefront of fighting for the dignity and rights of all people in our churches, in our country, and in our world. Every entrance to our building includes rainbow logos and our inclusion statement as a constant reminder and sign of welcome.
Here are some links that many have found helpful in understanding and fighting for the full inclusion of LGBTQ+ persons.
The Bible Does NOT say that Homosexuality is a Sin (12 page pamphlet)
Brief Overview of Churches and LGBTQ+ issues (4 pages)
United Methodist Reconciling Ministries
More Light Presbyterians