As the Elders of Paradox, we are charged to protect the spiritual life of our church.
This responsibility compels us to make a statement of full acceptance and affirmation of all persons who identify as part of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Asexual, and Questioning communities.
We came to this conclusion after more than two years of extended study in the Holy Bible, sustained prayer asking for God’s guidance, and growing in relationship as a church body.
Therefore, may everyone who comes into contact with us know that we here at Paradox...
...live with the conviction that people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of Christ.
...welcome people of all sexual orientations and gender identities to volunteer in every capacity of our church.
...celebrate children raised by parents of all sexual orientations and gender identities through the sacrament of dedication.
...recognize the love between couples of all sexual orientations and gender identities through officiating the holy sacrament of marriage.
...hire church staff with full appreciation of their sexual orientation and gender identity, and the perspective they bring in serving our religious community.
...ordain our pastors with full appreciation of their sexual orientation and gender identity, and the perspective they bring to the ministry of the Gospel.
We say and commit to all of these things in order to bring glory and honor to God, to love others as we love ourselves, and to love God with all of our heart, mind, and soul.
The Elders of Paradox Church
Pastor Craig sat down with Donavan and Iki on the Urban Prophets Podcast to discuss how the LGBTQIA Affirmation and Celebration Statement came into being at Paradox Church.
Pictured to the left: Riki and Canda's beautiful wedding in 2019.