This month the nation celebrates Pride month to acknowledge LGBTQ history, rights and love. The observance of pride was born out of resistance. When LGBTQ people rose up in 1969 in the Stonewall riots after years of attacks and oppression. At Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, we strive to be radically inclusive by being a community that is open and welcome to all people – without regard for nationality, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or socio-economic status. We are committed to the full participation of LGBTQ people in the life ministry, leadership and witness of our church.
In this month of Pride, while nearly 54 years have passed since the Stonewall riots, the LGBTQ+ community finds itself still under attack and targets of hateful rhetoric, false narratives, and harmful policies and legislation. Trans people, and youth especially, bear the brunt of this assault.
Much of the rhetoric and reasoning behind these attacks and harmful legislation is grounded in the name of religious liberty and Christian values. Let us state clearly and without reservation that these types of attack and legislation is not in line with our Christian values, the teachings of Jesus Christ, or our deeply held religious beliefs at Oak Grove. These pieces of legislation are based on fear, hate, and false narratives.
As Christians we are called to bear witness to the teachings of the gospel which are based in love, mercy, and justice. And in this month of Pride, we harken back to Pride’s spirit of resistance: to resist hate, to resist fear, and resist the assertion that people who are Gay, Lesbian, Transgender and queer, are not worthy of God’s love. To our siblings of the LGBTQ+ community, we stand with you as allies in your pride and in your resistance and we want you to know we are committed to creating a more just world in which you can thrive. You are welcome at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, and we pray for your peace, safety, and flourishing. Know that you are loved by us at Oak Grove, and by God. God is for you! Happy Pride.