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Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church

8505 Church Street (in Ridgefield)
Crystal Lake, IL 60012
815-459-1132    |    Email

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Statement and Call to Action

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Trans and Gender Non-Binary People #WontBeErased
The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) affirms the full dignity and humanity of persons of all gender identities. By unanimous consent, the 2018 assembly approved a statement which reads, in part: “The assembly affirms the church’s obligation to stand for the right of people of all gender identities to live free from discrimination, violence, and every form of injustice.”

From the General Assembly’s statement:
Scripture affirms that all people are created in the image of God. In God’s creation, we see and experience God’s image expressed across a broad and life-giving expression of gender. Honoring the breadth and variety of our gender identities and expressions is one of the ways we can come to an even deeper understanding of who we are created to be in relationship to God and each other. The Hebrew Scriptures, the Gospel, and the Reformed Tradition affirm the dignity and worth of all people and call on individuals and communities to work for the well-being and protection of all people.

In that spirit, we, the Board of Directors of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians, say to all our trans and gender non-binary friends in the church today: We see you. Indeed, you are us. We all stand together as God’s people, sharing in love and faith. You will not be erased-not from our church and not from our lives.

The church can-and must-be a voice for justice and truth in the face of attacks on any of God’s children. May it be so today.

The Board of Directors of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians