CWU Responds to the Legalization of Gay Marriage
Agreed to Differ, Resolved to Love, United to Serve
In light of the US Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage, we as Church Women United renew our commitment to live out the words of our motto.
Agreed to Differ – we recognize that not all women in our community will respond to the issue of gay marriage in the same way. Some may feel that our religious institutions are threatened, others may disapprove of gay marriage within the church but approve its legal sanction, and others may celebrate the growing inclusivity for gay couples in our country and congregations. While we agree to differ, we also commit to having courageous conversations across these boundaries of difference, allowing ourselves to be transformed in the process.
Resolved to Love – we affirm that love is one of the central expressions of our faith, as stated in the words of Jesus Christ, “this is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” We honor the mystery of love between all people—gay, straight, and non-conforming. We pledge to hold this love central as we continue to deepen our understanding of the covenant of marriage.
United to Serve – we remember that as Christians we are called to serve the downtrodden, the poor, and the oppressed. LGBTQ individuals have suffered in countless ways at the hands of people and systems that regard them as less than human. We commit to always acknowledging the full humanity of LGBTQ individuals, recognizing that this is one of many communities we are called upon to serve.
Agreed to Differ. Resolved to Love. United to Serve. Together, we move forward into the mystery of God’s expansive, love-affirming work in the world today.
Church Women United