Target: Senior Pastor Fred Harrell, City Church of San Francisco
Goal: Applaud inclusion of non-celibate LGBT church members.
The City Church of San Francisco recently lifted a ban on non-celibate LGBT individuals. LGBT members have been welcomed at the church for quite some time with the requirement of practicing life-long celibacy. Senior Pastor Fred Harrell recently voiced the commitment to eliminate discrimination based on sexual orientation, exemplified by the inclusion of non-celibate LGBT members. Congratulate the City Church of San Francisco on its tremendous step forward and the progressive decision to lift a ban on non-celibate LGBT members.
History has demonstrated just how often celibacy fails altogether, among all groups of people. To impose celibacy on LGBT individuals while allowing heterosexual members to practice traditional, intimate relationships is a strong form of discrimination. The City Church of San Francisco has recognized this wrongdoing and overturned its ban, admitting that it is not acceptable to ask an LGBT member to change their behavior.
The proposal has been in the works for many months and it does not come without consequences. The church has lost several members since the announcement, in addition to two board members resigning. Despite these setbacks, the church has remained true to its commitment to make everyone feel welcome and accept differences.
Sign this petition to thank the City Church of San Francisco for lifting a ban on non-celibate LGBT members.
Dear Mr. Harrell,
I was extremely pleased with the recent decision to lift the ban on non-celibate LGBT individuals at the City Church of San Francisco. The LGBT community and those fighting for equality in every form welcome this decision with open arms. Thank you for lifting an outdated ban on LGBT individuals who engage in intimate relationships.
Though the decision has been met with some criticism, it is nothing compared to the overwhelming relief so many San Francisco citizens are experiencing. Your bold stance on equality will influence many more in a positive way and play a vital role in uniting people in their differences.
The acknowledgment of the LGBT community as no different than anyone else is of the utmost importance. More and more, churches are beginning to understand the importance of bringing everyone together and ensuring every member of the church feels accepted and respected. These values are in line with everything San Francisco represents as a city of change that has long paved the way for others to follow.
Again, thank you for your commitment to include non-celibate LGBT members at the City Church of San Francisco.
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