Our position as a Reconciling in Christ ELCA congregation
In October 2019, the Westwood Council adopted the following welcome statement, which built on Westwood’s work and commitment to affirm and welcome people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Westwood has held this stance for decades, and we are proud to now be a Reconciling in Christ (RIC) congregation.
In God's church we find rest, safety and strength. Whether we have been here minutes or decades, we are called to be ourselves across every spectrum imaginable—sexuality and age and race and gender and culture and stage of our faith journey—knowing we are loved, embraced and held up as precious. This is the place of rest and safety and source of strength we seek to create in all we do at Westwood.
As God reaches out and gives unconditional welcome to all people, we follow God's lead in doing the same. All are equally welcome—and included—in God's space, and Westwood is a richer community when our congregation reflects our world. Naturally, this welcome includes people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions and relationship statuses.
We strive to live this welcome statement to the fullest, and will continue to pursue learning, correction and growth in extending this welcome. As we are limited by language, we will continually return to this statement to ensure that all are welcome to this sanctuary without exception.
Join us in being a part of this amazing welcome that comes from God.
Westwood has an LGBTQIA+ group that organizes events, including an annual presence at the Golden Valley Pride Parade.
All are welcome to join us!
LGBTQIA+ Speaker Series:
Mental Health, Race, and Gender Diversity
Supporting the LGBTQIA+ community is part of Westwood’s ongoing commitment, both to those here in our church family as well as in our greater community. Here is a learning series geared toward this ongoing commitment.
Mental Health & the LGBTQIA+ Community--with Maggie Druschel, a social worker/therapist at Cedar Hill Therapy
Race & the LGBTQIA+ Community--with Al Updike (Westwood member) and Matthew Lewellyn-Otten, Religious Coordinator at OutFront MN
Gender Diversity and a More Colorful Future for the Church--with Austen Hartke, author, biblical scholar, and transgender person of faith