Bethany Lutheran Church of Elkader, IA, adopted a statement of welcome on December 19th, 2010. Just two weeks prior, Redeemer-St. John's Lutheran Church in Brooklyn, NY adopted their own. Read part of Bethany's statement:
We want it to be of public record that those of all racial and ethnic groups are welcome here.Bethany and Redeemer-St. John's, you are welcome here. Praise be to God! Please join us in congratulating these congregations on choosing a public statment of inclusivity.
We want it to be of public record that people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and members of their families are welcome here.
We want it to be known that those who suffer from addiction to drugs and alcohol (whether recovering or not), and their families are welcome here.
We want it to be known that women & men, girls & boys are welcome here and that they will not be harassed or abused here.
We want it to be of public record that in this congregation you can bring children to worship and even if they cry during the entire service, they are welcome...