News from AllianceQ: March 2014

An Army Chaplain's O&A statement

At the Welcoming Church Event held last month in the Greater Kansas City Region, Jonathan Fisher, a local Army Chaplain, attended and learned the importance of being open about his welcoming ministry to all people.

Jonathan shared his new-formed conviction with Mark Johnston, Executive Director of GLAD’s Open & Affirming Ministry Program. As a result of what Jonathan experienced at that event, he has written an open statement of affirmation which he will post on his office door. It reads:

No matter where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.
Really, I mean that.
     Liberal, Conservative, Independent, and Apathetic.
     Fat, Skinny, In-between and Struggling.
     Atheist, Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Agnostic, Pagan, Heather, and None.
     Seeing a theme here? If I left you out, know that I include you.
     Gay, Straight, and Everything in Between.
     Church Going and Church Avoiding.
You are welcome here.
     As your chaplain, I make you this promise
          I will not judge you.
          I will not condemn you.
          I will ask the hard questions necessary for growth.
          I will extend the grace of God to you.

Jonathan has posted a blog, Coming Out as Inclusive, saying more about his commitment to openly welcoming all!