Full Inclusion: A Congregational Self-Assessment, part 4

Overall Environment

The inclusive congregation creates an environment where LGBT persons and families:

  • feel integrated within the congregation are comfortable worshipping together, holding hands and showing affection to one another

  • speak freely about their sexual orientation, gender identity and other aspects of their lives and experience

  • know they and their children can come to their clergy and youth leaders for compassionate, informed pastoral care

  • do not hesitate to invite other LGBT people to worship services and congregational activities

  • “see” themselves as active members of the community, and “hear” their lives and issues addressed in congregational worship, preaching and teaching