Inclusion and LGBTQ+

WestM has a long tradition of being radically inclusive of the many people, groups and identities that enrich our community. THANK YOU!

Details on the 2/26/19 decision of the United Methodist Church can be found at the bottom of this page, but please know that WestM is UNABASHEDLY fully inclusive and affirming of LGBTQIA+ people!

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.

  1. While we spring from four progressive Protestant Christian traditions (Disciples, PCUSU, UMC, & UCC) we are decidedly welcoming of ALL faith traditions and also 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.
  2. We are emphatically welcoming of LGBTQIA+ persons at all levels of the WestM organization. Christians churches and ministries have an ugly history both in the past and in the present on LGBTQIA+ 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 LGBTQIA+ persons.

WestM is honored to be the first off campus meeting location of the Gay Student Alliance beginning in 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.

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Here are some links that many have found helpful in understanding and fighting for the full inclusion of LGBTQ+ persons.

“No Being Gay (lesbian, bisexual, or transgender) is not a Sin” – . John Pavlovitz pulls no punches in this post that is a great place to begin if you need to hear a no nonsense affirmation. https://johnpavlovitz.com/2017/07/21/no-gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgender-not-sin/

“What the bible does and doesn’t say about homosexuality” (12 page pamphlet) – An older resource but it can be helpful for evangelical persons who really think they know what the bible says and may open them up to new readings of old texts. https://melwhite.org/wp-content/uploads/WhatTheBibleSays…AboutHomosexuality-byMelWhite.pdf

If you find yourself surrounded by conservative Christians Soulforce.com has some great little studies to help you navigate some hard conversations “Across the Divide” and also lifting up the deeper issues of Biblical Inerrency (the belief that there is absolutely no error of any kind in the bible) and Biblical Literalism (the belief that every passage in the bible that can be taken literally must be taken literally). They also have some nice well grounded Chapter Verse Studies. These resources can be downloaded for free from them but you must provide an email. https://www.soulforce.org/resources If you are leery to share your email with them, you can contact osuWestM and we can email them directly to you.

Brief Overview of Churches and LGBTQ+ issues – Granted it’s wikipedia but it is usually the most up to date and has a clean chart. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Christian_denominational_positions_on_homosexuality

United Methodist Reconciling Ministries https://rmnetwork.org/

More Light Presbyterians https://mlp.org/

DOC- Disciples Alliance https://disciplesallianceq.org/

UCC- Open and Affirming https://openandaffirming.org/

 

The United Methodist Church, one of the Christian Denominational bodies that WestM is partnered with, has (2/26/19) held a national conference that hardened church political language that attempts to exclude LGBTQIA+ people from ordination and punish clergy from performing same sex wedding services. Our local ministry, the Corvallis United Methodist Church, the Oregon-Idaho United Methodist Conference, our bishop, and our entire 8 state Northwestern Jurisdictional Conference stand in opposition to these action and remain committed the full inclusion of LGBTQIA+ individuals. Pastor Rob is always open to questions, concerns, tears, screams or merely presence with any and all as we denounce and resist this immoral decision. There is another General Conference in May 2020 where serious discussion about denominational splitting will be voted upon. Again…

WestM is UNABASHEDLY fully inclusive and affirming of LGBTQIA+ people!

Our local ministry, WestM, is not new to this stance (as stated above) and we were one of the earlier United Methodist related ministries to declare our selves as fully inclusive. Every single one of our doors reminds all of visitors of this stance.

Corvallis First United Methodist Church was also one of the first area churches to officially becoming a reconciling congregation. Within hours of the vote in St Louis this banner went up…

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Oregon-Idaho United Methodist Conference (Pending)

 

Bishop Elaine Stanovsky (Pending but her support for LGBTQ persons is long standing and unequivocal.)

Northwestern Jurisdictional Conference

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http://westernjurisdictionumc.org/ahomeforall/