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An Update from our Elders on our LGTBQ+ Listening & Learning Journey

by Mark Hastie on April 21, 2023

As your Elders and Pastoral team, we’d like to address some of what has taken place in the life of our church over the past 13 weeks. While our listening and learning process on sexuality has come with some positive outcomes, it has also left some of us feeling unsettled, upset, or uncertain about where JRCC is headed. 

As Elders and Pastors, we are charged with your spiritual care and wellbeing – this is of the utmost importance to us. We acknowledge that greater care and planning should have taken place on our part. 

For this, and for any way our action or inaction has wounded rather than built up the Body, we apologize. 

In our efforts to hold space for nuance, historical pain, and differing perspectives in the conversation, we didn't always focus on the common beliefs that unite us. If we were to do this over again, we would have anchored our conversation in more clear and accessible Bible teaching on Sunday mornings and offered learning opportunities with guest speakers at different times.

We are and will remain a Christ-centered church that holds fast to the Bible as the infallible Word of God and our authoritative guide for faith and practice. We adhere to the whole Confession of Faith in a spirit of gracious orthodoxy. We desire to cultivate disciples of Jesus who embody Christ’s love wherever they go.

As your leadership team, we are committed to owning up to our missteps, evaluating, and making adjustments. We value the trust and the Spirit that binds us as a family of believers. Thank you for the depth and passion of your engagement as we continue to be knit together.

Please don't hesitate to reach out to us with your questions, concerns or comments.  You can email us and we would be happy to meet with you in person to listen and process with you. 

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