• Pastor Bill

“What do we mean by ‘Legal Status’?”

The people of Saint James are thinking and praying about a Welcome Statement.

The proposed statement is:

If you are seeking the grace, love and mercy of God,

You are welcome at Saint James Lutheran Church!

No matter your age, income, race, gender or ethnicity.

No matter your abilities, addictions, physical or mental health.

No matter your sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

No matter your marital or legal or financial status.

We welcome you no matter where you may be on your faith journey.

We welcome and include all because Jesus Christ welcomes and includes all.

Our unity is in the love of God made known in Jesus Christ.

You are welcome here!

You can read more about the proposal here.

At a recent meeting, some asked, “What do we mean by ‘Legal Status’?”


In the context of our welcome statement, “Legal Status” means a person’s standing before the law, including marital status, legal capacity, immigration status, or involvement with the criminal/civil justice system.


We will discuss our proposed Welcome Statement again during the Adult Education Class on Sunday, October 20 at 10:30am in the NE corner of the narthex. Specifically we will be discussing what the Bible says about hospitality and homosexuality.

I am thankful for our council and congregation’s willingness to have a thoughtful conversation and decision-making process on what has been for many a difficult set of issues. Thank you.


Pastor Bill



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