June 28, 2017

safety_pin_safespace_lo_resAfter Orlando we wanted to put some kind of rainbow something out in front of church. It would be an outward and visible sign of our solidarity and support for the LGBTQ community and all people in pain.

 

We assumed there would be a variety of colorful roygbiv flags to be found in local stores because it was summer. We struck out in a number of retail stores – even the stores that specialized in flags! All we could come up with was a rainbow butterfly on a long pole that would bounce around out by Ballas Road. So we planted it.

 

It’s five months later and the rainbowfly just gave way – perhaps under the walloping wind and weight of the current climate of exclusion. We are working on repairing it – perhaps with a case of safety pins!?

 

More than ever, we are convicted and compassioned by the words and ways of Jesus who never turned anyone away. We firmly and tenderly believe that no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey – you are welcome here! When we create a sanctuary, a safe place away from the sometimes unwelcoming winds and waves of the world, we are being Christlike. We believe it is God’s dream that we would be havens and hearts for one another. So we welcome people of all faiths, cultures and traditions. We seek to be a blend of God’s beautiful people.

 

Parkway UCC is a safe place… #puccsafespace.

 

We are Open and Affirming

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Open and Affirming in the UCC

Open and Affirming (ONA) is the United Church of Christ’s (UCC) designation for congregations, campus ministries, and other bodies in the UCC which make a public covenant of welcome into their full life and ministry to persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.

Read more about what it means to be open and affirming on the (United Church of Christ) UCC website…

Parkway UCC is an Open and Affirming (ONA) church. No matter your sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, you are welcome here.

 

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It is heartwarming when we find out we are making a difference. We received this wonderful email about our outdoor sign and have to share with everyone:

 

I drive past your signs every morning on my way to work. The words you put on your board are things that make you smile, think and nod in agreement.

 

I’m not religious and I stay away from churches because, well as a lesbian woman I am not typically welcome.

 

I’ll never forget the first time I saw your board… It was right after they legalized gay marriage. I saw your board, “We believe in Marriage, equality, and marriage equality.” I was beaming after that. It was nice to see religious organizations standing by our side.

 

The one you have on display now is just amazing. Even if I’m having a bad morning, this always puts a smile on my face. Such powerful words.

 

I’m sure it’s not the most popular board in town, but it certainly the one with the most truth. I just wanted to say thank you.

 

#puccsafespace

#openandaffirming

 

#puccsafespace

safety_pin_safespace_lo_resParkway United Church of Christ (PUCC) is a safe space for all – including those who are marginalized in our society. We proclaim this in our Congregational Statement:

Parkway United Church of Christ, with God’s grace, seeks to be a congregation that includes all persons, regardless of race, ethnic, or socio-economic background while respecting differences of gender, marital status, age, sexual orientation, and mental and physical ability. We aspire to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God. We invite all to share in the life and leadership, ministry, fellowship, worship, sacraments, responsibilities and blessings of participation in our open and affirming congregation.

Let everyone know that we are a church that welcomes the marginalized in our community! This is the place to come just as you are and be who you are. Use the hashtag #puccsafespace in Facebook and Twitter posts. We are a safe space! #puccsafespace

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From one of our members:

Dear Parkway United Church of Christ,

First, thank you for literally being a sanctuary where I can reflect on my faith, purpose, and how to live my life in a way that is pleasing to our God.

Secondly, and most importantly, thank you for being a beautiful light of hope following the example of Jesus by demonstrating love, acceptance, and unity with our brothers and sisters in our church community, our neighborhoods, our nation, and our world.

I am proud to be part of this church family.

With love, Peggy Mohl

 

 

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