Every Sunday Worship With Us at 10:45am
530 East High Street • Lexington • KY • 40502
Phone (859) 266-3416 • Email: office@WoodlandChristianLex.org

Open & Affirming

Woodland Christian Church is an Open and Affirming Congregation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ); setting a place at the table for persons of all gender expressions and sexual orientations.

For over a decade, Woodland Christian Church has been known in the Lexington community as a church that welcomes people who are gay or lesbian. Not only are they welcomed, but also accepted and invited to participate in leadership roles in the church.

More recently, the congregation decided to make their witness of inclusion more public by voting in 2011 to officially become an "Open and Affirming" congregation in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). What is "Open and Affirming" (O&A)? Here's what G.L.A.D. (Gay, Lesbian, Affirming Disciples) answers:

Open and Affirming (O&A) churches strive to be welcoming places, places that welcome you whatever your skin color, accent, clothing, or the gender of your spouse. An O&A church seeks to welcome all people without judgement and to provide a welcome that honors and accepts the diversity that is the image of God in creation. An O&A church works to ensure that when we say 'all are welcome,' we mean all.

At Woodland Christian Church, we openly affirm all of God's children, be they rich or poor, black, white or brown, male or female, gay or straight. We openly affirm the gifts that all bring to the life of God's church. We openly affirm adult relationships of mutual love as sacred because to know love is to know God. We openly affirm the many forms of family; opposite gender parents and kids, same gender parents and kids, single parents, couples without children, singles, blended families, adopted children, etc.

Straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender . . . all means all. You are a child of God, created and loved by God. You are welcome at Woodland.

- Rev. Dalene Vasbinder