An Open and Affirming Church

Presentation “Coming Out Spiritually” by Dr. Mona West

Wednesday, July 13, 6:30 p.m., Guild Parlor

The Open Table is an Adult Formation program for the LGBTQ+ community.  This presentation, led by Dr. Mona West, will explore the spiritual ancestry of LGBTQ+ people as well as the challenges we face when coming out as LGBTQ+ Christians.

THE OPEN TABLE

Jesus’ table fellowship, as it is described in the New Testament, was radically inclusive.  His welcome of the marginalized and oppressed of his day opened a way to share God’s love and acceptance of all people. The Open Table formation program at St. David’s seeks to create a welcoming space for members of the LGBTQ+ community to come together and explore a variety of topics through presentations, film screenings, book studies, and journey groups.  There will also be a quarterly fellowship and a quarterly Eucharist. 

Upcoming Events:

  • July 13 Guild Parlor, 6:30 p.m. Presentation “Coming Out Spiritually” by Dr. Mona West
  • July 14 on Zoom at 7 p.m. Gay, Lesbian, and Everyone Else meeting, contact
  • Aug. 20 Bethell Hall at 6:30 p.m. Open Table Pride Parade Eucharist
  • Sept. 9-Oct. 12 on Zoom at 6:30 p.m. Open Table Book Study

What Does It Mean to be Open and Affirming?

St. David’s is an open and affirming church. We believe that God loves us all – no exceptions.

The Episcopal Church also has a legacy of inclusion, aspiring to tell and exemplify God’s love for every human being; and all those who are called may serve as bishops, priests, and deacons in our church. Laypeople and clergy cooperate as leaders at all levels of our church. Leadership is a gift from God and can be expressed by all people in our church, regardless of gender, sexual identity, or orientation. All are invited to join St. David’s LGBTQIA+ Facebook Group and add pronoun stickers to their St. David’s nametags.

Learn more about TransEpiscopal and LGBTQIA+ organizations and resources.

House of Bishops speaks on anti-trans bills

Click to Learn about Pronoun Stickers

What Pronouns Do You Use?

You are invited to select a sticker with the pronoun that best identifies you and put it anywhere on your St. David’s name tag. If more than one pronoun fits, take more than one.

Why Pronoun Stickers?

In the Episcopal Baptismal Covenant, we promise to “seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as ourselves” and “respect the dignity of every human being.” Here at St. David’s, we believe one way of doing this is to commit to calling people by the pronouns that best express their gender identity. For some, their gender identity is in line with the sex they were assigned at birth, while for others, it is different. We often make assumptions about someone’s gender based on appearance. By giving everyone the opportunity to share the pronoun that best fits the gender that they identify with, we can hopefully avoid causing harm to each other based on assumptions.

Pronoun stickers are for everyone! Wearing a sticker as a cisgender person (someone whose gender identity is in line with the sex they were assigned at birth) can be an important act for an ally to help foster an inclusive environment. We know this is new to some! We encourage conversation and questions, so please feel free to reach out to a member of the clergy or staff if you want to talk.

Need a name tag?

Fill out a request at the front desk. It will be ready the following Sunday.


Click to Read: Responses to Attorney General Paxton’s Legal Opinion and Governor Abbott’s Declaration about Transgender Youth

Feb. 24, 2022, Message to the parish from the Rev. Dr. Chuck Treadwell, Rector of St. David’s

Friends in Christ, 

As your rector, I remain firmly committed to respecting the dignity of every human being. I believe unequivocally that transgender people, as all people, are created fully and beautifully in the image of God. I believe parents, teachers, and churches are called to support all children as they navigate their identity as children of God. I believe it is morally reprehensible for our elected officials to target an already vulnerable group of children (due to transphobia and discrimination in our society) with tactics that instill fear and endanger lives. I believe it is irresponsible leadership to inflame people with inaccurate information so that they may harm their neighbors. I remain committed to the continual creation of a parish that is kind, loving, and supportive of transgender people, particularly teenagers, and their families. 


I invite you all into fervent prayer for the safety of all transgender persons, and to work to resist all efforts to harm them.

Finally, as always, our clergy and staff are available for conversation, support, and prayer, particularly for those most affected by this issue. 

Peace,

Father Chuck

From Bishop Andy Doyle: There is no requirement for anyone to report the existence of trans kids or their parents in one of our Episcopal Churches or schools. The gov’s statement has no force of law. ALL people are welcome in churches of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas without fear – we offer only love.

Governor Abbott’s Letter

March 22, 2022Office of Public Affairs


TRANS DAY VISIBILITY RALLY
Saturday, April 2: St. David’s supported the trans community in Texas by participating in the Trans Day of Visibility Rally to let them know they are safe, loved, and valued.


See Dr. Mona West’s sermon from the August 14, 2021, Pride Worship Service.

QUEER BIBLICAL HERMENEUTICS – LISTEN TO LECTURE
Presented by Dr. Mona West, Director of Adult Christian Formation, St. David’s Episcopal Church.

Resources

Learn more about The Episcopal Church’s history, organizations, liturgical resources, and statements from Church leaders concerning LGBTQIA+ inclusion and advocacy.