Statement of Welcome

Statement of Welcome by the Deaconess Community, ELCA/ELCIC

Our Commitment to Oneness in Christ:

“The Deaconess Community of the ELCA/ELCIC, compelled by the love of Christ and sustained by community, recognizes and affirms the beauty of the diversity of God’s image reflected in humanity. We seek to be a community that is diverse in age and body type, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, ethnicity and race, sexual orientation and gender expression, ministerial passions, and our creative ideas about how to change the world.In the richness of diversity, we are unified in our commitment to proclaim the Gospel and to lives of mercy and servant leadership. Our world can be one of alienation and brokenness. Christ calls us to be agents of healing and reconciliation, making us one. We better proclaim the Gospel and better serve our world when we are whole; we therefore are becoming a community that lifts up safety and celebration of a sisterhood for cis- and trans- women together. We commit ourselves to wholly serve all people, without exceptions. The Deaconess Community ELCA/ELCIC commits to consistently choose to become a safe space for our staff, board, all sisters and candidates who share this call, and all whom we serve.”

In the richness of diversity, we are unified in our commitment to proclaim the Gospel and to lives of mercy and servant leadership. Our world can be one of alienation and brokenness. Christ calls us to be agents of healing and reconciliation, making us one. We better proclaim the Gospel and better serve our world when we are whole; we therefore are becoming a community that lifts up safety and celebration of a sisterhood for cis- and trans- women together. We commit ourselves to wholly serve all people, without exceptions. The Deaconess Community ELCA/ELCIC commits to consistently choose to become a safe space for our staff, board, all sisters and candidates who share this call, and all whom we serve.”