St. Gregory’s is beginning an Integrity Chapter. Integrity chapters of the Episcopal Church are intended to welcome all people, including people of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, into God’s presence and the church family.
St. Gregory’s is a reconciling, affirming, and inclusive Christian community striving through worship, love, and service to welcome all people just as God created them. No matter where you are in your journey of faith and life, and whether you are single, married, divorced, separated, or partnered, our welcome knows no boundaries of age, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, economic condition, or physical or mental ability. We believe that God delights in the diversity of His creation and so do we!
In that spirit, plan to come and join the formational meeting to discuss how we can be a beacon of light to our community as we reach out to the LGBT community. Our formational meeting will be Sunday, April 3 at 11:45 a.m. Location to be determined.
Integrity is a nonprofit organization of LGBT and straight Episcopalians. Since its founding by Dr. Louie Crew in rural Georgia in 1974, Integrity has been the leading grassroots voice for the full inclusion of LGBT persons in the Episcopal Church and their equal access to its rites. However, advocacy is only one facet of the ministry. At the national level and in local chapters and diocesan networks throughout the country, the primary activities are:
- outreach, and
- service to the church
Through Integrity’s evangelism, thousands of LGBT people, estranged from the Episcopal Church and other denominations, have returned to parish life.
Integrity’s chapters are groups of 10 or more members in an area or diocese who gather monthly or quarterly to promote welcome and inclusion in their areas. They may work in just one parish, in a city, or in an entire diocese. While each chapter is different, h ere are some common things that Integrity’s chapters typically provide:
- Fellowship for LGBT Episcopalians and their friends
- Freedom to worship openly as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, in communities or dioceses where it’s still uncomfortable to be open
- Advocates for change in parishes and dioceses that aren’t fully inclusive and incorporating
- Witnesses of God’s inclusive love to communities around them, through events, service and presence
- …and more!
For more information about the formation of St. Gregory’s Integrity Chapter, please contact Hank Drummond at Hankmiami@yahoo.com or 786.566.0598.