All-loving, justice seeking inclusive God

According to law, churches are allowed to endorse political issues but not candidates. Many churches in Minnesota have chosen to take a stand either in support of or opposition to the marriage amendment that will be on the November ballot in Minnesota. Union Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in Elk River, stands firmly in opposition to this constitutional amendment, which would limit marriage solely to the union of a man and a woman.

Union is a progressive faith community. Our support of marriage equality for all couples, regardless of gender, flows from our belief in an all-loving, justice-seeking and inclusive God. Our denomination, the United Church of Christ, has long been a leader in recognizing the rights of gays and lesbians. Last April, after a yearlong period of prayer, discernment and education, Union Congregational Church voted to become an Open and Affirming church. As such, we welcome and affirm gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people into the full life and ministry of our church. Our opposition to the marriage amendment (a “no” vote) is a “living-out” of our commitment to inclusivity in God’s world.

Same gender marriage is not legally recognized in Minnesota today, nor will it be after this amendment vote. Regardless of the outcome, gay and lesbian persons will continue to fall in love and form committed, caring partnerships. They will continue to raise children in healthy and loving families. We stand in support of these families, and will continue to work for the day when they will also have access to the significant rights, benefits, and protections our government provides to married straight couples.

By opposing this unjust and discriminatory marriage amendment, we are following the path of Jesus – a path of ever-expanding circles of justice, love and inclusion. —  John Olson, Moderator, Union Congregational Church, United Church of Christ