Our vision is to be a church where an LGBTQ person can sit in the same pew as someone who believes that God only created people for heterosexual relationships. Why? So that they can get to know each other and grow together. In a country that is divided across many lines we are serious about Jesus' prayer "that they may all be one" (John 17:21 NLT). Only by creating relationships with those who think differently than us can we make a difference.
Faith UCC welcomes all people into the life and leadership of the church. Our hearts are inclusive. We recognize that many have struggled with what the Bible says about homosexuality. And we recognize that many have suffered because of how the Bible has been interpreted. Our Pastor believes that it is important for us to address these issues head on. This is why in August of 2017 Pastor Scott preached for four weeks a series titled "Mistreated".
Watch the Mistreated Series
Most have never explored the issue of homosexuality and the Bible.
In the messages below we ask, "Could the traditional interpretation, that all forms of homosexuality are sin, be a mistreatment of the scripture?" We believe that this thoughtful exploration of scripture will lead you to a fresh and more faithful perspective.
Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom—both young and old—surrounded the house. They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.” - Genesis 19:4-5 NIV
Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable. - Leviticus 18:22 NIV. If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads. - Leviticus 20:13 NIV
Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. - Romans 1:26-27 NIV
...for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine - 1 Timothy 1:10 NIV Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men. 1 Corinthians 6:9 NIV