There was controversy here in Oregon this week over the venue chosen by Oregon Pubic Broadcasting for a performance by Ira Glass, host of the popular program This American Life (my wife's favorite program, I might add). OPB originally picked New Hope Community Church, a congregation know for their advocacy on behalf of legislation and initiatives designed to limit the civil rights of gays and lesbians. Bloggers and OPB listeners demanded a change in venue and the show has now been moved to the Oregon Convention Center. There are plenty of churches in Oregon, however, that are welcoming of all.
Parkrose Community United Church of Christ, for example.
In Galatians 3.28 we are reminded that despite our differences we are all "one in Christ Jesus." Therefore, we, the people of Parkrose Community United Church of Christ, declare ourselves to be open and affirming. With God's grace, we seek to be a congregation that includes all persons, embracing differences of sexual orientation, gender, marital status, age, mental and physical ability, as well as racial, ethnic, religious, political or social-economic background. We welcome all to share in the life and leadership, ministry, and fellowship, worship, sacraments, responsibilities and blessings of participation in our congregation. This is God's church and no matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.
You don't hear it much in the media but not all churches in Oregon share the theology preached at New Hope Community Church. Check out the growing membership list of the Community of Welcoming Congregations to find a place of worship near you.