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.
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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.
FILM SCREENING – My Name is Pauli Murray
Wednesday, Feb. 16, 6-8 p.m., Crail C
Overlooked by history, Pauli Murray was a legal trailblazer whose ideas influenced RBG’s fight for gender equality and Thurgood Marshall’s civil rights arguments. This is a portrait of their impact as a non-binary luminary: lawyer, activist, poet, and Episcopal priest who transformed our world.
This film screening and discussion is part of the Open Table formation program.
QUEER BIBLICAL HERMENEUTICS – LISTEN TO LECTURE
Presented by Dr. Mona West, Director of Adult Christian Formation, St. David’s Episcopal Church.