How WPC Is Welcoming/Not Yet Welcoming

What follows is how Westminster embodies welcome thus far, from worship and programs to the physical space of our campus. Though we are called to welcome one another as Christ welcomed us, we are not there yet. Examples of ways we are not welcoming to all appear in italics below.

We invite you to help us explore the ways we can embrace others: Where do you see holes? Who are we not showing welcome to? Where do you see ways we can be more welcoming? We hope that, with your help, we can be a fully inclusive community of faith. Please share your feedback and ideas using the contact form to the left.

  • Having large-print hymnals and Bibles, accessible pews and entrances, and hearing aid devices
  • Celebrating marriage between members, which is open to two people of any gender
    • Having a wedding manual and forms that use gender non-conforming language (“the couple” instead of “bride” and “groom”)
  • Being part of a denomination that ordains teaching elders, ruling elders, and deacons of any sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Members of all ages participating in worship leadership through ushering, music, and serving as lectors
  • Making permanent name tags for members and offering name tag stickers to guests
  • Small groups and fellowship groups for men and for women that don’t create space for gender non-conforming people
  • The Mental Health Task Force that has organized discussions and book readings
  • The youth and parent program “God With Us: A Discussion & Dinner on Mental Health in Youth”
  • Intergenerational programs that make space for all ages like WOW: First Wednesdays, the All Church Retreat, seasonal Church School electives
  • Having a gender-normative staff (male in Head of Staff position) that is not diverse (majority female, majority white)
  • Having three staff members trained in anti-racism education by the Racial Equity Institute
  • Having youth elders and deacons serve one-year terms as church officers
  • Hiring paid Nursery staff who have unique experience working with children with special needs
  • Gender Identity: An individual’s internal sense of being male, female, or something else. Since gender identity is internal, one’s gender identity is not necessarily visible to others.
  • Gender Non-conforming: A term for individuals whose gender expression is different from societal expectations related to gender.
  • Gender Normative/Cisgender: Refers to people whose sex assignment at birth corresponds to their gender identity and expression.
  • Sexual Orientation: A term describing a person’s attraction to members of the same sex and/or a different sex, usually defined as lesbian, gay, bisexual, heterosexual, or asexual.
  • Transgender: A term for people whose gender identity, expression or behavior is different from those typically associated with their assigned sex at birth.

Sources: National Center for Transgender Equality and Gender Spectrum