Resolution of Welcome
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WHEREAS, the Gospel of Mark speaks the word of Christ to all of us, saying, “Go into the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation,” and in Romans 15:7 Saint Paul writes, “welcome one another therefore, as Christ has welcomed you for the glory of God”; and
WHEREAS, the Lutheran church is called to offer a word of grace, welcome and hospitality to people of all sexual orientations; and
WHEREAS, such an affirmation would encourage all members of our synod to share the Good News of God’s unconditional love with those not in the church; and
WHEREAS, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Lutheran Youth Organization (SEPA LYO) is in a synod which is Reconciling in Christ and wishes to show its alignment with the ideals of the synod; and
WHEREAS, the members of the SEPA LYO want to be affirming in their relationship with all youth; and
WHEREAS, SEPA LYO wishes to show support for the national LYO which is considering passing a resolution to be Reconciling in Christ; therefore be it
RESOLVED, that SEPA LYO welcomes people of all sexual orientations into the membership of the organization; and be it further
RESOLVED, that SEPA LYO encourages youth of all sexual orientations to share in the spiritual and general life of the organization; and be it further
RESOLVED, that the SEPA LYO encourages congregations in the SEPA synod to adopt a welcome statement for members of all sexual orientations.
Passed unanimously at LYO Convention February 8, 2003