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LGBTQ+ Practices

Southeast Church views human sexuality as one expression of the holiness and beauty that God the Creator intended. Because all humans are beings created in the image of God, they are of inestimable value and worth. As a result we believe that human sexuality is meant to include more than the sensual experience, and is a gift of God designed to reflect the whole of our physical and relational createdness.

 

We believe that unity of the church is a primary practice for the Body of Christ generally and for Southeast Church specifically. Unity is not the same as uniformity. Southeast Church is full of people with a variety of theological perspectives concerning many issues facing the current Church, including the biblical understanding of human sexuality. We will always use the scripture as the basis for all ministry decisions. Our intention is to love the way that God loves us by doing no harm and doing all the good we can. We will maintain the historic biblical picture of marriage being between one man and one woman, at the same time recognizing others within our congregation may have a different biblical interpretation. We will teach and listen with compassion as we walk alongside each other.

 

Our Promise

"My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you." John 15:12

Everyone is welcome to serve in all ministries provided they meet ministry specific criteria.

Everyone is welcome to participate in any class or activity offered by Southeast Church for personal enrichment.

Everyone is invited to become a member and explore a call to leadership.

Everyone’s marriage relationship will be respected at Southeast Church.

 

Leadership Requirements

Leadership requirements include membership as well as a commitment to celibacy in singleness and faithfulness in marriage.

 

Officiating

Regarding officiating same sex weddings, Southeast clergy will not officiate same sex weddings, nor will our facilities be used for same sex weddings. However, clergy will continue to offer pastoral support as same sex couples navigate personal issues concerning faith and life.