We are a church that affirms the Bible as the final authority in all matters of faith and practice, and that identifies within the broader evangelical, charismatic and social justice streams of Christianity. Since we respectfully acknowledge that many churches remain opposed to same-sex relationships from sincerely held theological convictions, we feel that it is important to make our position on this issue clear.
This is not a position we have arrived at lightly. We have spent a number of years as a community listening to the testimonies and experiences of Christians who identify as LGBTQ, carefully examining alternative interpretations and applications of scriptures often applied to LGBTQ issues within their historical and theological contexts, and sharing our own growing understandings and experiences. We have prayerfully sought to be led by the Holy Spirit. The following summary statement and seven (7) points express the consensus we have developed as a community.
Because God has welcomed us into his family through faith in Jesus Christ and calls us to pursue love and justice for all, Danforth Church is welcoming and inclusive of all people regardless of age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, family makeup, social status, income, ability, or physical or mental health.
1. We share and uphold the values of love, justice and equal rights for all people, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, family makeup, social status, income, ability, or physical or mental health; and we desire to reflect the heart of God and the attitude of Jesus Christ towards those who have been marginalized
2. We find our agreement in the core and primary beliefs of the Christian faith reflected, for example, in the Nicene and Apostles Creeds; and we accept a diversity of views among us on many other theological and/or disputable matters
3. We acknowledge that the cultural, social and religious contexts of the scriptures are significant in our interpretation of biblical passages, and that humility is required in holding positions on secondary and/or disputable matters
4. We hold that people have the right and responsibility to seek and hear God for themselves, and to determine and respond to God’s will for their lives within the context of the Biblical values of love, faithfulness, monogamy, respect and integrity, and within a community of accountability
5. We recognize that people who identify as LGBTQ have suffered prejudice, discrimination, rejection and exclusion because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity, both in the Church and under the influence of the Church in society
6. We actively welcome all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity (heterosexual, LGBTQX: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, third sex or ‘two-spirited’). We will share the responsibility of creating a climate of love, respect and inclusion for all
7. We will consider people for positions of leadership and service in Danforth Church on the basis of the evidence and our understanding of their faith, character, maturity and gifting, rather than their sexual orientation or gender identity.